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.