Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur in a meeting held here today with Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal and urged to increase the speed of Kalka-Shimla and Pathankot-Jogindernagar trains in the state.
He said that presently, the speed of rail on Kalka-Shimla was only 25 kilometres per hour, which needed to be increased.
He also urged the Union Minister to make the railway coaches plying on these track attractive so that more and more tourists could be allured to travel through railway.
Jai Ram Thakur requested the Union Minister to build commercial complex-cum-multi storied car parking on the land owned by railway authorities near old bus stand, Shimla so that this could be used for parking by the tourists and as well as other vehicles.
The Chief Minister also urged to speed up the work on Bhanupalli-Bilaspur-Beri railway line.
Piyush Goyal assured the Chief Minister that speed of the trains on these tracks would be soon increased from 25 kms to 35 kms per hour and efforts would be made to further increase it up to 50 kms. per hour.
He also assured that efforts would be made to construct commercial complex-cum- parking space near old bus stand at Shimla.
Chief Secretary B.K. Agarwal, Additional Chief Secretary Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu and other senior officers were also present in the meeting.>