‘Faster Kangra valley train just poll gimmick’

‘Faster Kangra valley train just poll gimmick’

Kangra valley train, established during the British era in the 1920s, is a lifeline for many villages in Himachal Pradesh. The 164km-long narrow gauge track connects Pathankot in Punjab with Jogindernagar in Mandi. And yet, when the weather turns even slightly bad, the rail service is often suspended.

Such is the condition of the narrow gauge track. For the last 15 years, every time there’s election round the corner, both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) turn Kangra valley train into a dangled carrot to get more votes. But once the poll express rolls out, apathy chugs in.

BJP MP Shanta Kumar had promised a broad gauge railway track during 2014 elections. But recently, just before the election juggernaut started its journey, Union minister Piyush Goyal and chief minister Jairam Thakur declared it as a heritage track.

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