BY | September 19, 2009

northern-railShimla: Northern Railway has awarded the construction work of Bhanupali-Bilaspur-Beri broad guage Railway line for the construction of first three kilometers of new railway line at a cost of Rs. 17.25 crores. This was revealed by Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister Himachal on receipt of a communication from the Northern Railway, here today.
Chief Minister said that it was due to relentless efforts of the State Government, which emphatically took up this ambitious rail project with the Central Government. He said that with the construction of this railway line, the traffic congestion would get lessened and would help minimise pollution to a great extent. It would further strengthen the infrastructure development for industrial growth. He said that with the coming up of Bhanupali-Bilaspur-Beri Railway line, the State would get all weather, cheap, accessible and sustainable transportation and would also open new vistas for tourism development. He said that pre-feasibility survey of this rail link has been got done by the State Government at its own cost and the cost share of this railway line would be borne by the Central and State Governments on 75: 25 basis.
Prof. Dhumal said that the State Government has also taken up the matter at the highest level of GOI and with the Ministry of Railways to extend Bhanupali-Bilaspur- Beri railway through Mandi-Manali to Leh. He said that the Ministry of Railways had already sanctioned Rs. 81 lakhs for Reconnaissance Engineering-cum-Traffic Surveys for construction of new Broad Gauge Railway line from Bilaspur to Leh via Kullu-Manali. The survey of 480 kms Bilaspur-Leh rail line will take about two years. Besides this, the case of Pathankot-Jogindernagar Railway line was being presented before UNESCO for grant of World Heritage Site status to this railway track. He said that Kalka-Shimla railway line had already been declared World Heritage Site status by the UNESCO. He said that with the declaration of Pathankot-Jogindernagar Railway line as World Heritage Site status, Himachal, being a small State would boast of having two World Heritage Site status railway line. He said that the land acquisition process in Punjab area had already been started by the Government of Punjab and was likely to be completed on priority. He hoped that the project would take off in time and complete within the targeted period.

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  • gaurav shukla

    sir ,

    when start the project bhnupali to bilaspur railway line .

  • Avinash Thakur

    Plz atleast in Una distt, establish a good rail network! Mehatpur-Jejon, Una-Hoshiarpur are the must required rail lines! Bhanupali-Bilaspur-Manali-Leh should be a National project!

  • Avinash Thakur

    Himachal pradesh is a hill state of India, so there is not good railway lines constructed. There are a few proposals for railway lines. The lower areas of the state are able for railway lines to be constructed. Chandigarh-Baddi, Una-Hoshiarpur, kala amb-Paonta sahib rail lines can be constructed easily. Kangra valley railway line should be broadguage rail line,and the Bhanupali-Bilaspur-Beri underconstruction rail line should be extend upto Leh via Mandi, Kullu, Manali, Keylong.

  • Manjit Kumar

    The project of Bilaspur-kullu-Manali-Leh Railway line is a landmark in history of Himachal.The China has already carried railway priject in high altitude in near Tibbet area. The Indian Govt. Should have need also these like project in all boarder areas.

  • http://- Narad Ram Mandyal

    When will the project of Beri-kullu-Manali-Leh Railway line further started. This railway priject in high altitude will help Indian Govt. and Army also to have easy access to the all boarder areas. This would also helps tourism and people of Himachal also. Get started it soon…

  • http://- Narad Ram Mandyal

    When will the project of Beri-kullu-Mandi-Manali-Leh Railway line further started. This railway project in high altitude will help Indian Govt. and Army also to have easy access to the all boarder areas. This would also helps tourism and people of Himachal also. Get started it soon…Plz…Plz…Plz…..

  • stanzin

    the railway project of Bilaspur mandi leh should give more attention.so,that we can make safe securities and economic progress in the boarder area.concern authority must move forward for welfare of country as soon as possible.