New Delhi, Mar 3 (FN Bureau) Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday flagged off Kotdwar-Delhi Junction-Kotdwar Siddhabali Jan Shatabdi Special train through video conferencing along with Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Goyal expressed his gratitude to the hard-working railway employees who served the country during pandemic by supplying medicines, coal and other necessary essential items. He informed that Kotdwar-Delhi route electrification is almost complete, only 15 km stretch is pending which is expected to be completed by this month. After this, trains on electric traction will ply from Kotdwar to Delhi.
It will also save the environment. Going forward all the trains will run on electric traction in entire Uttarakhand. This will ensure net zero carbon emission and protection of environment in the state. He also informed that railway projects in Uttarakhand are progressing well. Rs 4432 crore has been allocated for railway projects in the budget 2021-22 which is almost 23 times than the average budget of 2009-14 for the state.
The three new lines projects are underway in Uttarakhand, the work of the railway line between Rishikesh and Karnprayag is progressing swiftly. Station development of Dehradun is planned at the cost of Rs 212 crore. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attention on Uttarakhand is the driving force behind the development that is sweeping Uttarakhand. The train will connect Kotdwar with National Capital and bring socio economic development in the region. Pilgrims visiting Siddhabali temple will be benefitted with improved connectivity. The Train no. 04047 Kotdwar -Delhi Siddhabali Jan Shatabdi Express Daily Special train will depart from Kotdwar at 15.50 hrs and will reach Delhi Jn. at 22.20 hrs daily.
The Train no. 04048 Delhi Jn.- Kotdwar Siddhabali Jan Shatabdi Express train will depart from Delhi at 07.00 hrs and will reach Kotdwar at 13.40 hrs daily. This train has LHB Coaches which includes AC Chaircar, Chair Car coaches and two Generator coaches. It will have stoppages at Najibabad Jn., Muazzampur Narain Jn., Bijnor, Haldaur, Chand Siau, Mandi Dhanaura, Gajraula, Hapur, Ghaziabad enroute in both directions. Today, this train is being run as ‘Inaugural Special Train’.