Restoration Work Begins on UNESCO World Heritage Kalka-Shimla Railway Line in Himachal Pradesh
Summer Hill, Himachal Pradesh: Restoration work has commenced on the iconic Kalka-Shimla heritage railway line, which was severely damaged on August 14 due to floods, landslides, and heavy rainfall. The Kalka-Shimla railway line, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008, has long been a cherished attraction for tourists seeking to traverse the picturesque hills.
The damage incurred on August 14 also affected the local community, as floods and landslides claimed the lives of 20 individuals and caused extensive destruction, including a century-old railway track. The restoration efforts are eagerly anticipated by local residents who have been awaiting the return of this vital heritage track.
Naveen Sharma, a local resident, expressed the community’s hopes, saying, “We are waiting for the restoration of this heritage railway track. This railway line is an attraction for tourists. This was damaged due to rain and floods here; you can see the restoration is underway here. This was damaged on August 14, and we want it to start soon. We hope it starts soon as the Railway authorities have told us that the train will start after September 15.”
The Kalka-Shimla railway line, inaugurated on November 9, 1903, witnessed the operation of steam engine-run trains until 1970 when diesel engines took over. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage line in 2008, it has remained a popular tourist attraction, with the introduction of the first Vista Dome coach in December 2018, further enhancing its appeal to visitors.