Dehradun Railway Station to be Shut for 3 Months

Starting November 10, trains to the hill station will either be cancelled or rerouted, owing to the station undergoing renovation.  
Dehradun Railway Station to be Shut for 3 Months
Tourism in Dehradun is expected to take a hit, with the railway station shutting down for a three-month long renovation starting November 10. Photo By: Rahul Shah/EyeEm/Getty images

Starting November 10, the Dehradun railway station will be shut for three months for renovation—a news both good and bad for the hill station. While the shutdown directly affects tourist season, the renovation will upgrade the station’s capacity and elongate platforms.

While a few of the trains starting from or terminating at Dehradun have been cancelled, around18 other trains will depart from or halt at other stations; Haridwar for the Dehradun-New Delhi Shatabdi Express and Nanda Devi Express, Aligarh for the Link Express coming in from Prayagraj and Najibabad for trains coming from Muzzafarpur.

As the holiday season is in the offing, stakeholders from Dehradun’s tourism industry are ruing the untimely shutdown. Though it is a popular tourist site in itself, tourists visiting Uttarakhandhalted at Dehradun before travelling to hill stations like Dhanaulti, Mussoorie and Chakrata.

However, the renovations will reap richer dividends in the years to come. As things stand, trains coming into the station or leaving it cannot have more than 12 coaches owing to the length of the platforms and limited capacity, and additional coaches are attached to trains at Haridwar.After the station reopens on February 7, 2020, the upgraded station will result in greater number of tourists visiting the city.

 

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  • Tanay Gokhale enjoys writing and follows what he thinks is an eclectic mix of interests. Especially passionate about travelling with good music and a book to boot.

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