India, Oct. 10 -- Union railways minister Piyush Goyal had announced the NDA government's plans of providing rail connectivity from Kashmir to Kanyakumari by 2022 at the inauguration of the Vande Bharat Express.

Vande Bharat, the train from New Delhi to Katra, is the Centre's first big infrastructure project in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370.

The government plan involves a 272-km long rail line from Udhampur to Baramulla joining the Kashmir valley with the railways network under Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link project (USBRL). The 111-km-long railway stretch between Katra and Banihal, currently under construction, will connect the Kashmir Valley with the rest of the country.

Train services have been operati...