NEW DELHI: Millions of pilgrims going to Char Dham Yatra are getting very soon in connection with the railway connectivity. The entire route plan has been prepared by Indian Railway for the Chardham Yatra. 10 years later, the pilgrims will be able to travel Chardham through the train.
The final survey of this ambitious project of the Central Government has been completed. 50,000crore rupees will be spent on the project. The Central Government has started this ambitious project to connect Chardhams of Uttarakhand to the rail network.
Railway Vikas Nigam Limited has completed the final survey of this project. Omprakash Malgudi, Project Manager, Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) said that the final survey was done by the Turkish company Yuksel Proje.
327 km long rail line will be built in this project
A 327-kilometer long rail line will be set up to connect the Chardham which will cost about 50 thousand crore rupees. Railway plans to connect the Chardham with railway lines within ten years. According to the survey done by the Railways, 153 km long rail line will be laid by Doiwala to connect Gangotri and Yamunotri. While 174-kilometer long line for Badrinath–Kedarnath from Karnaprayag will be laid. At present, work is being done to lay 127 km of the railway line from Rishikesh to Karnprayag.
50,000 crore rupees will be spent on the project
Omprakash Malgudi, Project Manager, Railway Vikas Nigam Limited, said that 21 crore rupees spent on the final survey of Doiwala-Gangotri-Yamunotri Route and Rs.22 crore spent on the survey of Karnprayag-Badri-Kedar railway line. 50,000 crore rupees will be spent for linking the Chardhams to the rail network. It will take ten years to lay the rail line. Within two years of getting approval from the railway ministry, the work of laying the rail line will begin.
Stations between Rishikesh to Badrinath:
Rishikesh, Shivpuri, Byasi, Devprayag, Maletha, Srinagar, Dhari, Rudraprayag, Gholtir, Gauchar, Karnprayag, Saaikot, Tripak, Tartoli, Joshimath.
Stations between Karnprayag to Kedarnath:
Karnprayag, Sivai, Saaikot, Bairath, Chopta, Makkumath, Sonprayag.
Station between Doiwala to Gangotri-Yamunotri:
Doiwala, Sangatiyawala, Shardhawala, Aampata, Marod, Kandisaur, Chinyalisaur, Dunda, Atali (Uttarkashi), Ladari, Maneri.
Note: There will be a separate train to Yamunotri from Atali.
“After the Reiki survey, the final survey work has now been completed. The survey was done through ear board electromagnetic technique. It will take about ten years to lay the rail line and 50,000 crore rupees will be spent on the project”. – Omprakash Malgudi, Project Manager RVNL
Chardham Railway is our first project in India: Yuksel Proje:
“The project, located in the mountainous state of Uttarakhand, North of India”, comprises the preliminary design of four different railway lines having 327 km in total length. Name of the project “Chardham” means four temples in Hindi and this railway line will connect to Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath Temples which are 4 holy temples of Hinduism. The temples are located in Himalayas having approximately 3300 m above sea level. With Chardham Railway Project, Indian authorities are aiming to launch a safer travel period to these touristic and holy places visited by tourist from abroad as Hindu people,” said the representative of Yuksel Proje.
Saudi Arabia awards SR1.9bn transport project to Turkey’s Yuksel
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has awarded Turkish construction giant Yuksel the SR1.9 billion ($506.6 million) Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, which includes construction of 34 stations, 1,353 community bus stops and six pedestrian bridges in Riyadh.
The project will also serve as feeder lines for the metro stations being built in the capital and its suburbs to ease traffic congestion.
This was disclosed by Yuksel Chairman and CEO Emin Sazak, who gave Arab News an overview of the BRT project with a special reference to the company’s presence in the Gulf, its ongoing projects in the Middle East and Turkey, and its innovative technology and engineering know-how.
He said the BRT project, promoted and financed by Ar-Riyadh Development Authority (ADA), will mark the completion of the city’s transport infrastructure plan.
The new lines, along with the new transport information management system included in the overall project, will improve accessibility to public transport. “Every element of the BRT project is contributing to a more efficient, more sustainable and greener transport future for Riyadh,” he said.
“I salute the vision of the Saudi government led by King Salman, who has been the main force behind the development of the Kingdom, particularly Riyadh, since the days of his governorship.”
The project will include the much-needed bus terminals, passenger hubs, parking facilities and maintenance depots, he added.
“It’s a challenging project for which we’ll deploy 4,500 workers at the peak level,” he said. “Well-planned and delivered BRT systems with clean buses can provide metro-quality service at a fraction of the cost. This will generate an enormous shift from private cars to public transportation in Riyadh.”
He said: “BRT is only a starting point for collaboration. We hope to go beyond the transport sector and continue our collaboration with different entities, including Saudi Aramco, in supporting the sustainable development of the Kingdom within the framework of the Vision 2030.”
Yuksel has, so far, completed 39 projects in the Kingdom worth SR8.12 billion, he added. “We’ve been working closely with the state-owned Saline Water Conversion Corp. (SWCC) for the last 30 years.”
Yuksel’s projects in the Kingdom include universities and hospitals. “We’re active in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and we were very active in Libya until 2011, when the insurgency started,” he said, adding that 20-40 percent of Yuksel’s annual revenue comes from the Kingdom.
Sazak, who is a member of the European International Contractors group, said Yuksel is eyeing more projects in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.
“We started working in the Kingdom way back in 1983,” he said. “Our technical capabilities, on-time performance, manpower strength and delivery of projects in the stipulated timeframe have impressed our valuable clients not only in Saudi Arabia but across the globe.”
Yuksel is a market leader in the construction of dams, marine structures, transport systems and industrial projects worldwide, he added.
The company has finished three odam projects for the Saudi government. One of them, Baysh Dam, is in the Baysh Valley, 113km from Jazan city. Constructed for flood control and irrigation of farmland, its total reservoir capacity is 192 million cubic meters.
The second is Damad Dam near Jazan. “The objective of building this dam is to protect people from flash floods and storing rainwater for drinking and agriculture,” said Sazak.
The third dam is in the Muwani Valley, 27km east of Khulays town and 100km northeast of Jeddah. Yuksel is also at the forefront of major private sector projects in the Kingdom. It competed for the first stretch of the Abu Bakr Siddique Road Development Project in Riyadh this year. It has also implemented projects for King Abdulaziz University (KAU), King Faisal University (KFU), Madinah-Yanbu Desalination & Power Plant and Jubail Desalination Plant, among others.
“We have almost 3,000 people, including 300 Saudis, on our payroll,” Sazak said. “Yuksel has plans to hire more Saudis, as we’re committed to train and employ Saudi nationals in as many positions as we can,” as part of its commitment to nationalize the workforce within the framework of Vision 2030.
Yuksel is awaiting an invitation for specific projects that Aramco will announce over the coming months and years, he said. “We’ll go for bigger projects. If a project is too small, we won’t be able to involve ourselves and show our capabilities.”
Saudi Aramco signed a deal with 18 Turkish companies, including Yuksel, to enable them to bid for projects. “Yuksel is looking forward to working with Aramco,” Sazak said, adding that the company is doing well in the Middle East. “We’re about to finish a $460 million road project in Qatar,” he said, adding that Yuksel is part of the Qatar Metro System. “We’ve finished some projects in the UAE as well,” he said, also citing major projects in Turkey.