Sustaining an annual loss of around Rs 70 crore on the Kalka-Shimla route, the Indian Railways is gearing up to cash in on its heritage tag to pump up revenue. First on the list is identifying and preserving the heritage on the route — be it a set of vestibules from 1903 at Barogh station or a 100-year-old banyan tree at Gumman station.
“We are preserving everything that has heritage value. This route has the potential to generate Rs 500 crore annually and we are running at losses, this is a national loss,” said DC Sharma, Divisional Railway Manager, Ambala.
The route was given the tag of UNESCO heritage route. Sources said the railways is spending Rs 80 crore on the route but it is only generating it a revenue of Rs seven crore. Read More