Uttarakhand CM demands speedy completion of Roorkee-Deoband and Tanakpur-Bageshwar Rail lines

DEHRADUN: The Tanakpur-Bageshwar rail line should be approved in the current financial year, requested CM Trivendra Singh Rawat while meeting the Union Railway minister Piyush Goyal. He also requested that a special train be started between Delhi and Haldwani, a Shatabdi or Jan Shatabdi train be started between Dehradun and Kathgodam and that the Railway ministry fund the remaining works in the Roorkee-Deoband project.

Rawat said that the proposed Tanakpur-Bageshwar rail line is an important proposed project. Currently, the rail network is present till Tanakpur but this is not the case with Bageshwar and Pithoragarh districts in Kumaon which are completely mountainous. The proposed Tanakpur-Bageshwar rail project is very important to expedite social and economic development, develop tourist destinations and fully utilise local resources. He said that the Land acquisition for Deoband-Roorkee rail track is already completed and the project needs to be expedited on priority basis.

As Uttarakhand also shares borders with China and Nepal, this project would also be strategically important. Stating this, Rawat requested Goyal to grant approval to the Tanakpur-Bageshwar project in the current financial year.

He also informed Goyal that there is no direct train service in the morning or afternoon between Dehradun and Kathgodam which is the last railway station in Kumaon region. There is considerable movement of tourists and other travelers between Dehradun and Kumaon but due to lack of train in the morning, they have to wait till the evening. Hence, in public interest either a Shatabdi or Jan Shatabdi train should be started immediately between Dehradun and Haldwani/Kathgodam between 5 and 6 AM.

Considering the number of travelers, the number of trains between Delhi and Haldwani is quite less. A special train should be started between Delhi and Haldwani, which would also benefit the tourists.

Rawat said that in 2018, the Railway ministry had ascertained the cost of Roorkee-Deoband project at Rs 791.39 crore and an agreement was reached for the ministry and state government sharing the cost in 50:50 ratio. This 27.45 kilometre long project would include 94 hectare and 70 hectare area of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand respectively. Construction of this project would save the time of travelers and make traffic convenient. Uttarakhand has made Rs 240 crore contribution to the project so far. Rawat requested Goyal that considering the limited financial resources of the State, the contribution made so far should be considered adequate and that the ministry should finance the remaining cost of the project.