UTTARAKHAND (Metro Rail News): Indian Railways is planning a 125 km long brand new broad gauge rail line in Uttarakhand to make train journeys comfortable and convenient for the traveller. This broad gauge railway line will boost tourism, trade and connectivity between five districts of the state.
Once the Rishikesh to Karnaprayag broad gauge Rail operational, devotees will be able to easily commute to all the holy places located across the region. The rail line will also connect to the new trade centre. The 125 km long broad gauge rail line will pass through many famous places that will be connecting Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Gauchar, Karnprayag, Dehradun, Tehri Garhwal, Pauri Garhwal, Rudraprayag and Chamoli.
The Rishikesh-Karnaprayag broad gauge Rail line will have 12 new railway stations, 17 tunnels as well as 16 bridges. An amount of Rs 16,216 crore is likely to be spent on this railway line. According to the Railway Ministry, the upcoming broad gauge rail line in Uttarakhand will be completed by December 2024.
Earlier this year, the Railway Minister in a written response to a question in Rajya Sabha notified that his ministry has planned to electrify balance broad gauge routes of Indian Railways network by December 2023. The electrification target of balance broad gauge routes of Indian Railways is 6,000 route km in 2019-20, 6,000 route km in 2020-21, 6,000 route km in 2021-22, 6,500 route km in 2022-23, 4,310 route km in 2023-24 (up to December 2023). Thus, the national transporter eyes to electrify 28,810 route km in total.