Gurgaon (GGN): The railway tracks on the route to the Sultanpur bird sanctuary in Gurgaon will soon be beautified.
The railway authorities are developing a garden of flowers along the 11-kilometre stretch between Garhi Harsaru Railway Station and Farrukhnagar Railway Station in Gurgaon to highlight the historic importance of the two stations.
The meter gauge railway track and the two stations were built by the British in February 1873 specifically for salt trading. The trip between the two heritage stations takes 25 minutes. The Sultanpur National Park is situated in Farrukhnagar block on the Gurgaon Road.
The decision to develop Garhi Harsaru-Farrukhnagar section was taken during a recent inspection by senior railway officials of the Delhi Division. The railway authorities will restore the heritage importance of both the stations and develop the 11-kilometre stretch to improve tourist attraction in this unexplored section. Both Garhi Harsaru and Farrukhnagar are small townships in Haryana’s Gurgaon district.
The Garhi Harsaru-Farrukhnagar rail line has historic importance, divisional railway manager, Delhi Division, Arun Arora told this newspaper. “Lord Mayo had visited the rest house built at Garhi Harsaru, which is now a heritage rest house. Both the station buildings are heritage structures,” added Mr Arora.
Sharing the details of the proposed plan, Mr Arora said on the both sides of the rail tracks between the two stations floriculture will be developed, creating a valley of flowers to create a new experience for tourists and passengers. “The variety and number of flowers to be planted will be decided after consulting the experts and considering the local environment. Work will be completed in a year.”
The railway authorities are eyeing tourists going to the Sultanpur National Park located on Gurgaon-Farrukhnagar Road. “The rail section and the heritage rest house can be used at off-route take points for the tourists,” said Mr Arora.
Garhi Harsaru-Farrukhnagar rail section has several unique features apart from its heritage importance. The rail section functions on one train system — the only such system in the Delhi Division — and it comes to dead end at Farrukhnagar.