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Himachal Governor launches Shimla-Kalka rail track cleanliness

IANS  |  Shimla 

Governor on Saturday launched a cleanliness and conservation drive from here of the Kalka-rail line.

The century-old rail line is a 96-km narrow gauge railroad built to ferry Europeans to and from this hill town -- then the summer capital of British

acting accompanied Devvrat and jointly launched the inaugural drive of the Unesco World Heritage site by removing trash.

The State Legal Services Authority organised the campaign that saw participation of and lower court judges, officers of state and central governments and some 10,000 school students.

District and said this was the first-of-its-kind drive on this scale that was simultaneously carried out across 43 segments identified along the track from to town.

This drive would be followed by constant maintenance and forestation that would be conducted by Himachal 'Eco-Warriors' of the

Impact assessments and a follow-up are also planned following this initial measure, he added.

The Kalka-railway track was opened on November 9, 1903 to traffic as a link from the Delhi-Ambala-branch of the East Indian Railway.

Initially, there were 107 tunnels. In 1930, as some of them were defunct, they were renumbered to 103.

There are 800 bridges and 900 curves. All the tunnels were built between 1900 and 1903. The longest one is at Barog and is over a kilometre long.

The bridges along the track resemble Roman aqueducts and the longest arch viaduct has an aggregate length of 2.8 kilometers.

In 2008, in recognition of its heritage value and authenticity as a historic track, the Kalka-Shimla railway track was inscribed by the UN Educational, as a World Heritage Site.



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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 12:14 IST