Indian Railways to connect Char Dhams with 327-km long rail network

Indian Railways to connect Char Dhams with 327-km long rail network

The holy Char Dham yatra, which is undertaken by thousands of pilgrims every year, is set to become hassle-free in the coming days. Reportedly, Indian Railways will be constructing a railway line of 327 km, connecting the Char Dham of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath, and Kedarnath, via Dehradun and Karanprayag in Uttarakhand. Recently, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal took to Twitter to make this announcement.

As such, if everything goes as planned, Char Dham yatra will become an easy and comfortable journey via the Indian Railways. As per the details shared by the Railway Minister, the 327 km long rail line will pass through Dehradun, Tehri, Pauri, Chamoli, Garhwal, Rudraprayag, Uttarkashi. The Railway Ministry said that the Indian Railways will be gearing up to face all challenges, such as the limits of load, capacity, speed, and safety as all the four dhams are elevated at different levels.

Yamunotri that traces the origin of Yamuna is located at a height of 3293 m above the sea level, Gangotri sits at an altitude of 3408 m above the sea level, which traces the origin of Ganga. Further, Kedarnath is at a height of 3583 m above the mean sea level, while Badrinath is situated at a height of 3133 m above the mean sea level.

Reports suggest that a major portion of the project will pass through inaccessible hilly areas, for which the railways will be building several tunnels too. Referring to this development, the Ministry also reiterated that once the Char Dham project is completed, not only will the Char Dham Yatra become easier, but it will also open possibilities of development in the hilly areas.

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