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Work on Rishikesh-Karnprayag rail track on

Work on 125-km long railway line gathered momentum

DEHRADUN: ¬†After Uttarakhand governor KK Paul’s directions, the work on 125-km long Rishikesh-Karnprayag railway line, an ambitious project which will make Char Dham Yatra more accessible for the pilgrims, gathered momentum on Saturday as the state administration has initiated the process for land acquisition.

railChief secretary Shatrughana Singh on Saturday held a meeting with top central and state officials to begin the process of acquiring the land for the ambitious railway project, reports The Times of India.

The railway line will have 15 stations on way to picturesque Karnprayag in Chamoli district from Rishikesh.

“As the track will pass through sizable part of the hilly region, close to the Ganga and Alaknanda rivers, I have asked to have Social Impact Assessment (SIA) in Tehri, Pauri, Rudraprayag and Chamoli districts. It will help ensure how acquisition of land will impact local’s life and livelihood,” the chief secretary said.

Senior officials, who participated in the meeting chaired by the chief secretary, said that they have been asked to submit findings of the assessment by June 10. They said that the project will not only help in boosting tourism but also provide jobs to the people.

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