Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram Thakur called on the Union Minister of Railway & Coal, Piyush Goyal for expansion of rail network in Himachal Pradesh, the Ministry of Railways said in a statement. The discussion includes, Rail Connectivity projects between Manali-Leh-Ladakh, expansion of rail network in Himachal Pradesh, enhancement of parking facility at Shimla station were discussed among other issues, the Ministry said.
Jai Ram Thakur also requested to increase speed and frequency of trains on Kalka-Shimla Railway line. Piyush Goyal while assuring all possible support to the State, said that speed and frequency of trains running on Kalka- Shimla railway line will be increased. He also assured about efforts to decrease the duration of journey from existing five hours to merely three hours. Goyal informed that speed of the Joginder nagar-Pathankot train would also be increased in a similar manner. As regards parking facility, it was noted that RLDA is planning to provide multi-storey parking facility at Shimla Railway station.