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Rishikesh Karnaprayag Rail Route in Uttarakhand: A Few Facts:

11.11.2011 · Posted in Misc

Rishikesh Karnaprayag Rail Route in Uttarakhand: A Few Facts:

1) The proposed line would run parallel to the flow of Ganga.

2) The Railway Ministry has finally allocated Rs 40 crore in the year 2010-11 out of the estimated project cost of Rs 4,295.30 crore for the new rail line connecting Rishikesh, in the foothills of the Himalayas, to Karanprayag in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

3) In the second phase, the proposed line would extend up to Mana (height 3,150 metres approx), beyond Badrinath near the China border.

4) The Rishikesh-Karanprayag project to be set up by the Railway Board has the status of National Project. That is all the funding to be done under the auspice of the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA) or Central Govenment.

5) The Rishikesh-Karanprayag rail route not only opens growth opportunities to the backward region of Garhwal (and that is most important). The Rishikesh-Karanprayag rail route also means (to theists) the linking of the Ganga from its celestial abode in the Himalayas to the ocean at Gangasagar in West Bengal. In short, now a religious person can reach Ganga at highest reaches via Howrah –Rishikesh-Karnaprayag rail route.

6) In early 1900s, the four main shrines of Uttarakhand — Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri — collectively known as the Char Dhams of the Garhwal Himalayas — could be reached only by foot.

Courtesy the British, motorable roads came into existence in the first half of the 20th century. These roads were opened to pilgrim traffic in 1934, making Rishikesh the gateway to lofty mountains of the Garhwal Himalayas. The first segments of road were Rishikesh-Tehri-Dharasu, Rishikesh-Devprayag-Kirtinagar and Kotdwara-Srinagar-Chamoli.

The Rishikesh-Karnaprayag Rail line will traverse through the districts of Dehradun (Rishikesh), Tehri, Rudraprayag and Chamoli.

7) The Rishikesh-Karnaprayag rail route runs along the Rishikesh-Karanparyag National Highway (NH-58), atleast for some length, running parallel to the river Ganga. Thereafter, it crosses over to the south bank of the river Ganga in order to connect Srinagar and other important towns of Garhwal region.

Some of the important towns on the proposed alignment are Muni-Ki-Reti, Shivpuri, Dev Prayag, Kirti Nagar, Sri-Nagar, Rudraprayag, Gauchar and Karan Prayag. Beyond Karan Prayag lie important religious and tourist places like Nand Prayag, Gopeshwar, Chamoli, Joshi Math, Auli, Tapovan, Vishnu Prayag, Pandukeshwar. Badri Nath, Valley of Flowers, Hemkunt Sahib etc. The holy places and those falling in the influence zone are Pauri, Tilwara, August Muni, Gupt Kashi, Okhi Math, Gori Kund, Kedar Nath, Tungnath, Rundra Nath, Bansi Narain, Kalpeshwar, Madhya Maheshwar, Nandi Kund and Nikanath.

8) The first survey for the Rishikesh-Karanprayag rail line was done in 1919 on the initiative of then Deputy Commissioner of Garhwal JM Clay. The second survey was done in 1996 and the project was not found financially viable. In 2009, the Railway Ministry rejected the project again on the same ground. After that, the Union Government decided to take up the line’s construction as a National Project, considering its importance strategically and for the region’s socio-economic development. The project is likely to be completed by 2019.

5 Responses to “Rishikesh Karnaprayag Rail Route in Uttarakhand: A Few Facts:”

  1. deepak lakhera says:

    it will not only create opportunity to the people of our state,but gravely the near by area which would be cover by railway route..the other aspect is will provide agility to our forces to reach at border in time,so strategically too it is a important to our will cover 125.05 km route,that will cross 81 bridges..

    deepak lakhera.

  2. vinod panwar says:

    dear sir/madam its a great pleasure and a very big development for uttrakhand.due to this project people will get employment and increase tourism as all know this is a state of dhams . the darshan of all dhams will be easy.

    vinod panwar

  3. Deepakkathait says:

    im very happy to see ths news its help to connect peoples dircetly to plnes..and its help their life style..
    1)its help to connect wityh planes
    2)its creates to new jobs
    3)its help to relocate tourisim
    4)the fruits and veg r in our budget
    5)its help for students ..those who want higer eductaion ..they dirctly coonect wth planes


  4. Is Pithoragarh or Almora not important to connect with Rail. They are connected to China Border and also way comes from them for Kailash Mansarovar. Not any Kumaun distt found place in this project

  5. Opening of railway line in hills of Uttarakhand will open doors for growth. It will help people of hills to have easy access to reach the plains of rest of Uttarakhand and India. It will boost the economy of Garhwal region and provide easy access to pilgrimages and our security forces to reach on time to border. In any aspect, it will be proved a biggest gift from government to the people of Uttrarakhand.

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