DEHRADUN : The proposed Rishikesh-Karnprayag rail line is an initiative to connect the plains with the hills in the Garhwal range. Though the project was announced over two decades back, it could not materialise.
However, the work has seen progress in the last one year. Under PRAGATI (Pro Active Governance and Timeliness Implementation) reviewd the progress of the ongoing work for the Rs 16,216 crore project and the state government for speeding up formalities like land acquisition and forest clearance.
Besides, connecting the plains with the hills, the rail project is an extremely important one for the Himalayan state as it would help pilgrims reach destinations easily. In addition, it would develop cottage industries and small scale industries in the hills and create employment opportunities.
In the video conference session, chief secretary Utpal Kumar Singh told the PM that the work of the first package of this railway line to be constructed at a cost of Rs 16,216 crore has started.
In the first phase, 5.7 km Virbhadra-New Rishikesh railway line has to be developed. Yard, Under Bridge Road, Over Bridge Road and constructing bridge on Chandrabhaga River is underway. This work will be completed by December 2018.
The Chief Secretary said that 790 hectare land is required for the project. In this, 16 bridges, 17 tunnels, 12 railway stations are to be built. The work of geo technical testing is on. In the 125 km railway line, 105 km line will be through the tunnel.