Barog

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Barog
Hill station
Barog is located in Himachal Pradesh
Barog
Barog
Location in Himachal Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 30°53′24″N 77°04′55″E / 30.89°N 77.082°E / 30.89; 77.082Coordinates: 30°53′24″N 77°04′55″E / 30.89°N 77.082°E / 30.89; 77.082
Country  India
State Himachal Pradesh
District Solan
Elevation 1,560 m (5,120 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 1,500
Languages
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 174 101
Telephone code 91-1792
Vehicle registration HP-14

Barog is a small hill station in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

History[edit]

Barog was settled in the early 20th century during the building of the narrow gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway. It is named after Colonel Barog, an engineer involved in building the railway track in 1903.

Notice at Barog Tunnel Entrance

Barog, the engineer, was responsible for designing a tunnel near the railway station. He commenced digging the tunnel from both sides of the mountain, which is quite common as it speeds up construction. However, he made mistakes in his calculation and while constructing the tunnel, it was found that the two ends of the tunnel did not meet.[1] Barog was fined an amount of 1 Rupee by the British government. Unable to withstand the humiliation, Barog committed suicide. He was buried near the incomplete tunnel. The area came to be known as Barog after him.[2]

Later it was constructed under Chief Engineer H.S. Harrington's supervison guided by a local sage, Bhalku,[3] in a short period from July 1900 to September 1903 at a cost 840,000 rupees.

This tunnel is the longest of the 103 operational tunnels on the route of the Shimla-Kalka Railway, which is 1143.61m long. Barog station is immediately after the tunnel. Barog tunnel is the straightest tunnel in the World.

Trains take about 2.5 minutes to cross this tunnel, running at 25 kilometres per hour.[2]

Geography[edit]

Barog is located at 30°53′24″N 77°4′55″E / 30.89000°N 77.08194°E / 30.89000; 77.08194 at a distance of 60 km from Chandigarh. Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh is another 65 km from Barog.

Till 2003, National Highway 22 connecting Chandigarh with Shimla passed through Barog. On 6 December 2003, the new section of the highway was inaugurated that would connect the village of Kumarhatti directly to Solan, thus bypassing Barog. This was done to avoid the steep incline to Barog from Kumarhatti.[4]

Barog is located at a height of 1560 metres above the mean sea level. Due to its height, temperatures here range between 23 to 10 °C during summers and between 15 to 5 °C during winters. The summers last from April to July. Winters set in during December and typically last up to February.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Barog is primarily dependent upon tourists, who come here due to its cool climate and close vicinity from Chandigarh. Many hotels including Hotel KorInns and a Himachal tourism resort called Pinewood operate in Barog. Barog is also influenced economically by the nearby Lawrence School, Sanawar. The local people's economy mainly depends on the agriculture specially on tomato growing. Till 1975 The local people were mostly illiterate this is why locals can't progress much. one boy probably whose name was balkrishan sood was the first boy who passed metric exam and further gone to college/ ITI and got Govt. job .

Barog also serves as a fitness camp for the Indian National Hockey and other athletic teams.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hathaway, R.A. (Andy); Slaton, Timothy J. (June 2004). "Underground in Atlanta: Burrowing 'Blind' Beneath Atlanta's Subways". Professional Surveyor Magazine 24 (6). Retrieved 2 October 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Singh, Jagmeet (15 June 2002). "Man behind Barog tunnel lies forgotten". The Tribune. Retrieved 2 October 2009. 
  3. ^ Mountain Railways of India
  4. ^ "Article in The Tribune". Retrieved 31 August 2006. 
  5. ^ "Article about Hockey Team". Retrieved 31 August 2006.