Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal today reviewed the last mile connectivity plans for Char Dham projects
“Pilgrims must get fast, safe and comfortable last leg connectivity with the Char Dhams”, the Minister stated while informing that the Final Location Survey (FLS) for new BG rail connectivity to Char Dham i.e. Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath is will be completed soon.
The Government recognised the need to build convenient passages for the pilgrims to reach the temple safely and timely through comprehensive planning of projects targeting key pilgrimage spots in India.
In this review meeting, the Railways Minister instructed concerned officials to access that options of all last leg connectivity are examined along with detailed cost implications for the entire project up to completion.
*What is Char Dham Yatra Railway Project?*
Indian Railways is constructing a railway line of 327 km, connecting the Char Dham of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath, and Kedarnath, via Dehradun and Karanprayag in Uttarakhand.
As per the details shared by the Ministry of Railways, the 327 km long rail line will pass through Dehradun, Tehri, Pauri, Chamoli, Garhwal, Rudraprayag, Uttarkashi, some very inaccessible hilly areas, for which the railways will be building several tunnels too.
Referring to this development, the Ministry has also stated that once the Char Dham project is completed, not only it will ease the Char Dham Yatra, but it will also open possibilities of development in the hilly areas.
Moreover, a Reconnaissance Engineering Survey (RES) for connecting new BG Railway terminal stations to Dhams (Temples) is being carried out that will cater to the need of tourism and to make it convenient for the pilgrims to reach the temples safely and timely.
The existing road connectivity in hilly regions travels through fragile mountainous slopes and therefore suffers from serious handicaps of load, capacity, safety and speed.
The objective of RES is to look for a suitable system that is environmental friendly, safe and at the same time a tourist attraction.
“The Rail connectivity to these Char Dhams will make the travel much safer, economical, comfortable, environment friendly and all-weather,” the Railways Ministry has iterated in a press statement.
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This new route intends to create a convenient passage for devotees visiting the holy shrines of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath & Kedarnath.