Palampur, March 5
Indian Railways will introduce last three engines on the 120 km narrow gauge railway line in the Kangra Valley to improve its services. A test of these engines has already been carried out and they will start to operate in the next few days.
A railroad spokesman said here that 11 of the most modern engines have been approved for this track and four engines have already reached Pathankot. Following the commissioning of these locomotives, there will be a remarkable improvement in rail services in the valley.
He said most of the locomotives used on this narrow gauge line are 30 years old and need to be replaced. Therefore, the railways had introduced new engines.
“The Kangra Valley railway line will soon be completed in 100 years. Although there is a plan to declare this track as heritage, the railways have yet to get the green light from UNESCO. There is a great possibility of creating a religious tourism circuit through the Kangra Valley railway line, as it is connected to religious shrines such as Jwalamukhi, Kangra, Chamunda, Chintpurni and the ancient temple of Shiva in Baijnath. The state tourism department should work on these lines and the railways would give it full support, ”he added.
He said that on the instructions of Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goel, authorities have undertaken a new project for the facelift and overhaul of the Kangra Valley railway line. He added that there was also a proposal to add new transparent cars in seven trains running between Pathankot and Joginder Nagar, which cover 120 km in nine hours.