Petitioning Ashwani Lohani Chairman of Indian Railway Board and 1 other

Preserve the Choral Valley Metre Gauge railway

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India’s Rail network once consisted of tens of thousand’s of kilometers of metre gauge track in addition to the broad gauge system, today however the meter gauge has almost vanished into the history books as project unigauge reaches its completion. While there is no doubt that project unigauge has brought greater connectivity to the nation it is time to save a small part of the meter gauge so future generations can experience these smaller trains that faithfully served India for generations.

The Mhow (DADN)-Omkareshwar segment in Madhya Pradesh is the best remaining stretch to save for preservation with the spectacular Choral Ghat segment that has scenery that rivals famous tourist railways around the world. The line traverses 4 tall bridges and 4 tunnels as it skirts along the edge of cliffs on it’s descends through the Choral Valley, the line then winds down the gentle hills into Balwar before proceeding across the vast plains of Madhya Pradesh and finally crossing the Narmada on a 800 meter long, 140 year old bridge. Tourists from around India already flock to this line during the monsoon season when the hills come alive with greenery and perennial waterfalls but with proper advertising the railway could be a draw for tourists worldwide. However the railway is in imminent danger of being removed due to gauge conversion

For more information on this railway watch this great documentary on YouTube

The Indian Railways has considered saving the line for heritage as the ghat section is to be bypassed during gauge conversion but it is important to start the discussion before regular services end to ensure that the line does not fall into disuse as has occurred with the Lower Haflong segment in Assam which was also to be saved as heritage but now has sat idle for 3 years following closure for Gauge Conversion and seems unlikely to ever reopen.

 Please visit our website here to read our plan for preservation! 

We understand how important the gauge conversion of this segment is to the Indian Railway network is however the new broad gauge line is proposed to bypass much of the original MG alignment so we feel this is the perfect place to create a metre gauge heritage railway. To make the railway viable for heritage purpose metre gauge trains need to be able to continue to Omkareshwar so the line has a tourist destination at its endpoint. The terrain between Balwar and Omkareshwar is such that laying of dual MG-BG track as was done on the Mavli-Nathdwara segment will not incur great expenses and would bring immense benefits to local tourism. Further extension of the line to Omkareshwar town with dual gauge track would allow the Indian Railway to better serve tourists visiting Omkareshwar who currently must travel by bus. The reintroduction of steam locomotives and the creation of a working museum at the Mhow locomotive shed will create a truly world class heritage railway that will join the ranks of India's other famous mountain heritage lines. 

We are petitioning the Indian Railways to: 
- Preserve and give heritage status to the Choral Ghat segment between Mhow (DADN) and Balwara
- Keep railway in continuous operation even during gauge conversion process
- Reintroduce regular steam powered services
- Preserve the Mhow (DADN) diesel and coach shed as a working museum  dedicated the history of the metre gauge railways
- Relay the Balwara to Omkareshwar with side by side meter and broad gauge lines as part of the Gauge Conversion process
- Build a new dual gauge railway to the holy city of Omkareshwar.

Benefits

- Preserve the history of India's fast disappearing metre gauge railways for future generations.

- Boost tourism in Mathya Pradesh and increase accessibility to popular tourist destinations.

- Create a world class railway museum and provide a place to see steam locomotives in service in India.   

- Preserve railway service to rural communities in the Choral Valley.  

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एक ज़माने में ब्रॉड–गेज के साथ साथ भारतीय रेल तंत्र में कई हजार किलोमीटर का जटिल मीटर–गेज तंत्र भी था। लेकिन वर्तमान में प्रोजेक्ट यूनीगेजकी सफलता के साथ ही यह मीटर गेज तंत्र इतिहास के पन्नो में समाता जा रहा है। इसमें कोई संदेह नहीं है कि प्रोजेक्ट यूनी गेज ने देश को बेहतरसंयोजकता दी है, लेकिन अब समय है कि मीटर गेज का एक छोटा हिस्सा संरक्षित किया जाए ताकि भावी पीढ़ी इन छोटी गाड़ियों का अनुभव कर सकें, जो कि कई दशकों से ईमानदारी से भारत की सेवा करती आ रही हैं।

संरक्षण के लिए सर्वश्रेष्ठ शेष मथ्य प्रदेश का महू–ओंकारेश्वर खंड है। इस मार्ग में शानदार चोरल घाट खंड है जिसकी दृश्यावली की प्रतिद्वंद्विता दुनियाभर के प्रसिद्ध पर्यटक रेलवे से है। चोरल घाटी से उतरते समय, पहाड़ों के किनारों से होते हुए यह मार्ग 4 लम्बे पुलों और 4 सुरंगों से गुजरता है औरबलवाड़ा के पश्चात मध्य प्रदेश के विशाल मैदानों में प्रवेश करता है। ओंकारेश्वर से पहले यह नर्मदा नदी को 800 मीटर लंबे, 140 वर्षीय पुल के माध्यमसे पार करता है। मॉनसून के दौरान जब पहाड़ियां हरियाली और बारहमासी झरनो से जीवित होती है, भारत भर से पर्यटक बड़ी संख्या में यहाँ आते हैं।उचित विज्ञापन के माध्यम से रेलवे दुनियाभर के पर्यटकों को आकर्षित कर सकता है।

भारतीय रेलवे ने पहले ही कहा है कि इस लाइन को विरासत के रूप में बचाया जाएगा क्योंकि गेज रूपांतरण के दौरान घाट खंड बायपास किया जानाहै। हालाँकि यह सुनिश्चित करने के लिए कि लाइन का उपयोग बंद न हो, नियमित सेवाओं के अंत से पहले इस बारे में चर्चा शुरू करना महत्वपूर्ण है।असम के लोअर हाफलोंग खंड को भी विरासत के रूप में बचाया जाना था लेकिन गेज–कनवर्ज़न के समापन के बाद यह 3 सालों से निष्क्रिय है औरअब फिर से संचालन की संभावना नहीं है।

इस खंड के संरक्षण से पूरे क्षेत्र को लाभ होगा, घरेलू और विदेशी पर्यटकों को आकर्षित करना और साथ ही साथ चोरल घाटी के निवासियों के लिएअमूल्य सेवा प्रदान करना जो अन्यथा रेल सेवा से वंचित हो जाएंगे। रेलवे और उपकरण का उचित संरक्षण भारत की सुंदर पर्वत विरासत लाइनों कीसूची में शामिल होने के लिए एक विश्व स्तर की विरासत रेलवे बना देगा।

हमारे लक्ष्य:
महू और बलवाड़ा के बीच चोरल घाट खंड को संरक्षित करना
गेज रूपांतरण प्रक्रिया के दौरान भी निरंतर संचालन
नियमित भाप संचालित सेवाओं को फिर से शुरू करना
महू डीजल और कोच शेड को सुरक्षित रखकर मीटर गेज रेलवे के इतिहास को समर्पित एक संग्रहालय में परिवर्तित करना
गेज रूपांतरण प्रक्रिया के दौरान ओमकेरेश्वर और बलवाड़ा के बीच दोहरे–गेज स्लीपर का उपयोग कर एक दोहरी–गेज लाइन का निर्माण
पवित्र शहर ओंकारेश्वर तक एक दोहरी गेज रेलवे का निर्माण
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  • Ashwani Lohani Chairman of Indian Railway Board
  • Piyush Goyal Indian Railway minister

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