DEHRADUN: The ministry of railways has sanctioned the survey of a 310 km long new railway track which will connect Tanakpur (Izzatnagar Division/NER), Bageshwar, Chaukhutiya, Gairsain and Karnaprayag (Moradabad Division/NR). The track, once built, will connect the Kumaon and Garhwal regions of the state.
Rajya Sabha MP from Uttarakhand Anil Baluni who met rail minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday regarding the project, said that the minister has sanctioned the proposal to conduct the survey. Notably, the Rishikesh-Karnaprayag rail line project is already underway, and the new rail line is expected to add to it.
Baluni said that the Ministry of Railways will start the initial survey for construction of new line between Tanakpur-Bageshwar which covers a distance of 155 km. For this stretch, an estimated amount of Rs 23.25 lakh has been approved. For Bageshwar-Karnprayag via the Gairsain route, which covers the same distance, an estimated amount of Rs 38.75 lakh has been set. The new rail line will be laid on the proposed route after the survey of the entire stretch is completed, Baluni added.
“We are very thankful to ministry of railways for accepting the proposal. The rail network once completed will be a big boon to the people of Uttarakhand as it will enhance connectivity between the Kumaon and Garhwal regions,” the Rajya Sabha MP said.