Heritage Status sought for two more Mountain Rails

Indian Railways has speeded up efforts to win World Heritage Site status for two more of its mountain railways in Matheran and the Kangra valley.

Currently Kalka-Shimla railway, Darjeeling Hill Railways and Nilgiri Hill Railways feature in the Unesco’s list of Heritage sites from India.

“We are trying to get the status for two more mountain railways. We intend to develop them as major tourist attractions,” said a senior railway official.

The Kangra Valley railway covers a distance of 164 km and it connects Jogindenagar in Himachal Pradesh to Pathankot of Punjab. Matheran Hill railway, commissioned in 2007, is a light railway running for 21 km from Neral to Matheran in Maharashtra.

Both the railways are narrow-gauge.