UTTARAKHAND (Metro Rail News): Ministry of Railways shared the information about Rishikesh-Karnaprayag Rail Line Project which has achieved the first breakthrough in the excavation of Tunnel 12 – Escape Tunnel of length 1965.50 m on its Twitter handle.
The Rishikesh–Karnaprayag line is an under-construction railway line, which will run from Yog Nagari Rishikesh railway station in Rishikesh to Karnaprayag. It is Indian Railways’ proposed route for the Char Dham Railway to connect the Char Dham pilgrimage of Uttarakhand.
It will help improve connectivity to the Char Dham shrines of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand.
The project received funding and other authorisations from the government; it was reportedly India’s longest tunnel-rail project, which would play a vital role in national security and the welfare of Uttarakhand.
One of the Indian Railways‘ most ambitious projects is the connection between Karnaprayag and Rishikesh. Despite geographical and technological difficulties, the project is moving quickly over Uttarakhand’s difficult terrain. The project, which aims to provide last-mile connectivity, will further the socioeconomic and cultural growth of the hill state.
The Rishikesh-Karnaprayag Rail Project, in addition to giving tourists easy access to Kedarnath and Badrinath, is crucial for the country’s defense requirements. The new line project between Rishikesh and Karanprayag was approved in the Union Budget for 2010–11. The project is expected to cost 16,216 crore rupees.