Kosi Kalan (KSV): After nearly eight years of wait, the railway ministry has finally approved Rs 1400 crore for the construction of a 39-km long railway track from Kosi Kalan to Govardhan via Barsana & Nandgoan. The route was proposed in the 2007 railway budget by the then railway minister. The roue will serve dual purpose — facilitate movement of toursits as well provide an alternative track to busy New Delhi- Agra route in case of mishap.
The route will cover Kosi Kalan, Nandgaon, Barsana and Govardhan area. Situated nearly 22 km from Mathura, Govardhan is famous for the holy Govardhan Hill and is well known for its 21-km long ‘Parikrama’ of the hill. As per conservative estimate, more than two lakh pilgrims from New Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and nearby districts visit Govardhan hill for the ‘Parikrama’ on the full moon day of every month.
Earlier, Railway Board had transferred this work to North Central Railway vide letter No. 2012/W- 2/NCR/Survey/Misc dated 28-06-13 for RET survey for new line between extenstion of Kosi Kalan-Govardhan upto Jajanpatti.
Former MP of Mathura Jayant Choudhary, who had been demanding for long a direct link up to Govardhan station from New Delhi, said, “The railway route will really help pilgrims to reach Govardhan hill without much hassle because at present they all have to first disembark at Mathura station and then, have to travel in a bus to reach the spiritual spot.
“‘Parikrama’ of Govardhan hill is equally important as visiting Vrandavan’s temples. During peak festive months, more than one lakh tourists — both foreign and locals — visit the hill every day,” he added.
Bhupinder Dhillon, media-in-charge of Agra division, “Once the route is constructed, we expect direct trains to Goverdhan station from New Delhi. At present, tourist either disembark at Kosi Kalan station or Mathura to reach Govardhan.
“The track will also fulfil the purpose of alternative route for New Delhi-Agra-bound trains in case of any kind mishap,” she added.
According to railway sources, two more new stations will be built on the Kosi Kalan, Nandgaon, Barsana and Goverdhan route, while Kosi Kalan and Govardhan stations will be expanded. The survey of the route is still going on and soon, the final outlay for the allocation of Rs 1,400 crore will be done.