124 year old Jammu railway station to become heritage site

124 year old Jammu railway station to become heritage site
Image for representational purpose only.File: Mir Imran/ GK

Jammu, June 9: Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to restore the glory of 124 year old pre-partition railway station situated at VikramChowk Jammu, by preserving it as a heritage structure.

The railway station also termed as India’s oldest railway station was built in 1897 but was abandoned after the partition as the railway link to Sialkot was broken. The Jammu-Sialkot rail section was the only railway link that the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir had before the partition of the country and was thereafter permanently shut after drawing of borders.

The Divisional Commissioner Jammu has already directed the concerned officers to go through the pictures available of the historic railway station as it had existed earlier to restore its pristine glory. He directed revenue officers to conduct demarcation exercises and submit complete reports along with survey numbers involved, land titles, and other revenue details. He also directed the concerned to take drone shots of the station and mark the buildings, area which could be renovated.

The Tourism department and Jammu Smart City Limited (JSCL) were directed to make a project report (proposal) for the renovation of the railway station including all the important components of the project.

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