The construction work of Uttarakhand’s much-awaited Rishikesh-Karnaprayag rail line has started. Work has been finalized by completing all formalities related to the construction of the first six km of the 125.20 km long rail line. In this train track, the passenger train will travel at upto 100 km per hour and the goods train at 65 km / hour.
In the Secretariat, Chief Secretary, Utpal Kumar Singh held a meeting on the progress of construction of Rishikesh-Karnprayag railway line. It was informed in the meeting that construction of this railway line would cost Rs. 16216 crores. 85 percent of this railway line will pass through the tunnel. In the 125 km long Rishikesh-Karnaprayag railway line route 17 tunnels covering 105 km will be constructed. Out of this 98.54 km will be escape tunnels. There will also be 16 bridges constructed. 791 hectares of land is being acquired in the construction of the Rishikesh-Karnaprayag railway line. It includes 564 hectares of forest land, 60 hectares of government land and 167 hectares of private land. The acquisition of private land is in the final stages.
Apart from this, the final location survey of the proposed 327 km rail line of Char Dham rail route has also been completed. It is now undergoing a technical test. It was told that six kilometer work has been started from Virbhadra railway station. After the construction of this railway line, Rishikesh will be able to reach Karnprayag in just one and a half hours. This will provide plenty of convenience to local people as well as pilgrims.