IEP DEHRADUN AUGUST 27, 2022
The breakthrough of the first tunnel from Gullar to Shivpuri, of the ambitious Rishikesh- Karnprayag rail project was inaugurated by the chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami by lighting of a lamp on Friday. Speaking on the occasion he said that the rail line is one of the dream projects of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that the PM wants the rail project to be completed by the year 2024 and he takes regular updates of the project. Dhami congratulated the engineers and workers of the project for successful completion of the tunnel and said that approvals for more rail lines and road construction have been given and work on them would commence soon. He said that this year about four crore Kanwad Yatris and 30 lakh pilgrims for Char Dham Yatra arrived in the State. The Finance minister Prem Chand Agarwal said that development works in all sectors are going on in the State under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Forest minister Subodh Uniyal thanked the villagers who provided their land for the rail project.
The chief project officer of the Rishikesh- Karnprayag rail project, Ajit Singh Yadav said that the rail line would be 125 kilometres long in which 17 tunnels with a total length of 104 kilometres would be constructed. He said that the 14.5 kilometres long Jandasu- Devprayag Saur tunnel would be the longest tunnel of the project. Yadav said that modern machines have been deployed by the Railway in the construction of the rail line.
He claimed that the work on all tunnels would be completed in time. The Garhwal commissioner Sushil Kumar, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Garhwal KS Nagnyal, district magistrate of Tehri Saurabh Gaharwar, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Navneet Singh Bhullar and senior officers of railways were also present on the occasion.