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PDP, JKPC hit out at one another for claiming credit of GoI’s decision to extend rail link to Kupwara

Srinagar: Following the government of India’s decision to extend the Banihal-Baramulla railway link in the valley to the frontier district of Kupwara, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference (JKPC) hit out at one another on social media, each claiming credit for the decision taken.

“Congratulations to people of Kupwara, as the railway link from Baramulla to Kupwara finally approved. Hope soon Chenab valley and Pir Panchal too will get connected by train,” PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said in a tweet Thursday.

The official Twitter handle of the party thanked Mehbooba and its Rajya Sabha member from Kupwara, Mir Fayaz Ahmad, for pursuing the Kupwara rail link with GoI.

In response to the tweet, People’s Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone commented, “Railway line a reality and now parties who call us agents of Delhi want to take credit for it. Hilarious.”

National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah thanked the Government of India for the decision to extend the rail link to Kupwara, saying Railway Minister Piyush Goyal deserved the credit for the same.

In a significant initiative to expand connectivity in J&K, the Government of India has approved extension of Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link upto Kupwara in north Kashmir.

“I am glad to inform you that Railways has prioritized the extension of rail link from Baramulla to Kupwara and has sanctioned an updated survey for the new link,” Anil Srivastava, Advisor (Transport) NITI Aayog said in his communication to J&K Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam.

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