The Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has said that the Rishikesh- Karnprayag rail project is a major gift of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the people of Uttarakhand and the day is not far when the dream of rail in mountains would get fulfilled. He said that the ambitious rail project would have a positive impact on the economy of the state.
The CM held a review of the Rishikesh- Karnprayag rail project in a meeting with the officers of Rail Vikas Nigam on Tuesday. Directing the officers of Nigam to expedite the pace of the work, Dhami said that appreciable work is being done on the project with better coordination and it needs to be maintained. He assured that the state government would provide every possible support in the project.
The chief project manager of the project Himanshu Badoni said that after Rishikesh the majority of the project work would be underground. He informed that the land acquisition process has been completed and 12 stations and 17 tunnels are being built on the project. He said that the Nigam has set a target to complete the project by March 2024. Badoni informed that to finish the project in time, work at many places is being undertaken simultaneously. He claimed that the cooperation of the State Government is being received for the project. Informing about the social welfare works being undertaken by the Rail Vikas Nigam, Badoni said that a 52 bed hospital is coming up at Srinagar. He said that the area of the rail project would be developed as horticulture and honey belt and for it plantation activity at a large scale is being undertaken. The meeting was attended by Speaker of Vidhan Sabha Prem Chand Agarwal, cabinet minister Subodh Uniyal, secretary R Meenakshi Sundaram, additional general manager of Rail Vikas Nigam Vijay Dangwal and others attended the meeting.
The CM also undertook an inspection of the tunnel at Gullar Dogi and Yog Nagari Rishikesh railway stations.