Source – Hamroprajashakti
Siliguri- 13th August 2014.
The Heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway will take two more years to resume once again till Darjeeling, informs Central Railway Minister, Dr. D.V. Sadanand Goda. He stated that the NH55 which is shut down due to huge landslide at Palajhora will take more two years to resume and as the railway track run parallel to the National highway. He also informed that Tindharia which was also washed out during the landslide, has been temporary repaired and the train from New Jalpaiguri to Ghayabari has been resumed from 6th February 2014.
This is reply to the letter dated 6th July 2014 submitted by Darjeeling MP. Mr. S.S. Ahuluwali in which he has asked the centre to immediately resume the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.
Mr. Sadanand informed he has personally send letters to the Bengal govt and the Chief Minster, Miss Mamata Banerjee to resume the train services as soon as possible and also to centre transport minister Mr, Niten Gadkari for the repair of the NH55 at the earliest.
UNSECO declared Darjeeling Himalayan Railways as a world heritage site, beside Switzerland and Austria. Due to huge landslides on 2010, 2011 and 2012, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway has been suspended.