Appoint nodal officer for Rishikesh to Karnprayag rail project
Dehradun (DDN): In good news for the tourists, the state government has confirmed that construction work on the proposed 125 km railway track connecting Rishikesh to Karanprayag will start within two weeks. The project will not only help boost tourism, but will also minimize inconvenience faced by over 10 lakh tourists and pilgrims.
Chief Minister Harish Rawat has instructed Chief Managing Director (CMD of Rail Vikas Nigam Limited Satish Agnihotri to appoint a nodal officer to complete all necessary formalities for the Rishikesh-Karnprayag rail project.At a meeting held here today, the Chief Minister said that the Rishikesh-Karnprayag railway project was important for Uttarakhand. He directed Agnihotri to expedite all formalities so that the project could start soon.
“With the completion of the upcoming Rishikesh-Karanpryag project within next two years, tourists and devotees will be able to directly travel to Karanprayag town in Chamoli district,” said Chief Secretary N Ravi Shankar.
According to a senior government official, the initial cost of the project was estimated to be Rs.4,296 crore, but then it rose to 15,000 crore, keeping in view the number of bridges and railway stations to be built.
Other works relating to the proposed railway line include identifying the places for the construction of six tunnels, eight over bridges and 13 railway stations.
Keeping in view the significance of the upcoming railway project, Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Wednesday asked the chief secretary N Ravi Shankar to appoint a nodal officer to complete all project-related formalities with the help of officials in union Railway ministry before beginning the process of construction.
Talking to reporters, Rawat said that state has been trying to obtain clearance for 9 km long forest area which is part of total 125 km track. “We are just waiting to get clearance from MoEF for the 9 KM stretch. Once that is approved, work on the ground will begin,” said Rawat.
The Chief Minister directed Agnihotri to submit documents before seeking the forest approval for the 119-km route in the forest areas of the state.Agnihotri said the length of the Rishikesh-Karnprayag rail project was 125 km. The first nine km rail line would be constructed on an open land whiles 80 per cent of the total route would be built inside a tunnel. He said the Central Government had sanctioned Rs 150 crore for the project.Chief Secretary N Ravi Shankar and Principal Secretary, Forests, Ranveer Singh were present at the meeting.