Railways & Airports
Jammu & Kashmir have railway network of only 238.77 kms. The state government has recognised the crucial role of railways in the process of economic development and in response to that the government of India has also extended full cooperation in all respects by providing technical and financial support for developing railways links in the state at a very fast speed.
Jammu and Kashmir have a very large area under mountainous topography, in difficult terrains like high mountainous areas of Leh and Kargil when road connectivity is disrupted during winter months due to heavy snowfall, the airways are the only source of access to such places. Airways connect all the three regions of the state with other parts of the country and abroad.
Out of the three airports of the state, Srinagar airport has been upgraded as international airport named as Sheikh-ul-Alam airport, where as the facilities at Jammu and Leh airports are also being upgraded. One more airport at Kargil headquarters has been connected by decota service. Although some areas have been covered by helipads, the difficult terrain and scattered area in the state need more airports and better connectivity. For promotion of tourism in the state starting of air taxi services between Katra-Bhaderwah is also under the consideration
(Data Source: PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry)