Rishikesh–Karnaprayag Railway

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Rishikesh–Karnaprayag Railway
ऋषिकेश–कर्णप्रयाग रेलवे
Systembroad gauge
TerminiRishikesh railway station
ServicesSingle track
OwnerRail Vikas Nigam Limited
Operator(s)Indian Railways
Line length125 km (78 mi)
Track length125 km (78 mi)
Track gauge1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Minimum radius440 m (1,440 ft)
Operating speed100 km/h (62 mph)
Highest elevation825 m (2,707 ft)

The Rishikesh–Karnaprayag Railway (Hindi: ऋषिकेश–कर्णप्रयाग रेलवे), runs from Rishikesh railway station to Karnaprayag. It is Indian Railways' proposed route for the Char Dham Railway to connect to the Chota Char Dham. It is one of the initiatives of Modi Government to counter China's expansion.[1][2]

Railway routes[edit]

This 125 km route starts at New Rishikesh railway station at 380m AMSL and ends at Karnaprayag 825m AMSL.[3] 16,200 crore 125 km project, will reduce Rishikesh to Karnaprayag travel time from 7 hours to 2 hours. It will have 16 bridges and 105 km or 85% of the project inside tunnels. A 15.1 km tunnel, reported to be the country's longest, will be built between Devprayag and Lachmoli on the route.[3]

Current status[edit]

The design consultancy contracts for tunnel and bridge construction shall be awarded in 2018-19 and construction shall start in 2019-20. Work for the first block section from Virbhadra Railway station to New Rishikesh station commenced in June 2018.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dangwal, Sandhya (2017-05-12). "Chardham to get rail connectivity; Indian Railways pilgrimage linking project to cost Rs 43.29 crore". India.com. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  2. ^ "Railway minister lays foundation stone for final location survey on char dham route". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  3. ^ a b "Coming soon: India's longest railway tunnel on Rishikesh–Karnaprayag route". Hindustan Times. 2016-09-19. Retrieved 2017-05-30.