Shimla: The Delhi-Nangal (Punjab) Jan Shatabdi train would be extended till Una town of Himachal Pradesh from December 14, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Friday informed the Vidhan Sabha during the winter session of the state assembly at Dharamshala.
He said that the Indian Railway Ministry has given the approval for the extension of the train’s run up till Una. One of the entry points to the state from the neighboring Punjab Una is just 40 kilometers from Nangal town and rail extension would benefit people and economies of Una, Kangra, Hamirpur and Bilaspur districts.
Major developments for the state on the front of railways are on the anvil for Himachal including, extension of rail link from Chandigarh to Baddi industrial town and establishment of a 460 kilometer Manali-Leh rail line. The Manali-Leh railine is strategic from point of security of the nation with its border with China and also in giving all weather connectivity to tribal areas of both Himachal and Jammu and Kashmir, which remain cut off for over eight months a year due to heavy snowfall. The pre-feasibility survey of the project is on.