Business Standard

Char Dham rail: A train to the Kedarnath shrine may not run anytime soon

Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd says 'no purpose' in building Kedarnath leg of Char Dham rail

Kedarnath Dham is beautifully decorated

The RVNL’s internal assessment report said the Kedarnath railway line offered no strategic advantages and, at 214 km, was longer than the road distance from Rishikesh to Sonprayag

Sai Manish New Delhi
Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), the implementing agency for the Rs 73,000 crore Char Dham rail project, is against building a broad-gauge railway line on the proposed alignment to the holy shrine at Kedarnath.

After eight years of field surveys and studies, the RVNL has said in an internal assessment report that the Kedarnath link has “technical difficulties, exorbitant cost and does not serve any strategic purpose”. The broad-gauge line is critical to the project given the limitations of the terrain and the strategic needs of the Indian army.

ALSO READ - Collective effort needed to

Don't miss the most important news and views of the day. Get them on our Telegram channel

First Published: May 26 2022 | 3:19 PM IST

Explore News

To read the full story, subscribe to BS Premium now, at just Rs 249/ month.

Key stories on are available only to BS Premium subscribers.

Register to