MP: Railways to create infrastructure to preserve Patalpani-Kalakund rail line
The Railways today announced that it would create an infrastructure to preserve the British-era Patalpani-Kalakund meter gauge rail line which is part of Western Railway's Ratlam division in Madhya Pradesh. "We are going to come out with a special package on this fascinating 10km rail track by December. Infrastructure and a tourism center would be developed," said Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board.
Railways wants tourists to get a feel of the past
Lohani said that Patalpani and Kalakund stations, as well as the signaling infrastructure on the route, would be made in such a way as to give tourists a feel of the past. The rail route passes through several tunnels and offers spectacular views of waterfalls and lush green mountain ranges. "Inns would be made along the route for tourists," Lohani added.
Lohani had earlier recommended the same in 2008
Lohani recalled that he had requested the Railways to preserve this line when he was the Chief of the MP State Tourism Development Corporation in 2008. Lohani was speaking at a function organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry in Indore.