Jammu and Kashmir: Historic Bikram Chowk railway station will become a heritage, tourism will get a boost

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News Desk, Amar Ujala, Jammu

Published by: charisma chib
Updated Wed, 09 Jun 2021 11:57 AM IS

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The station will be developed by taking drone photographs and marking buildings and areas.

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The historic Bikram Chowk railway station will be developed as a heritage site to attract tourists to the temple town. On Tuesday, Divisional Commissioner Dr. Raghav Langar visited this historic railway station site. He directed the officials to start the preparatory work for carrying out the reconstruction plan along with assessing the renovation requirements here.

He asked the officials to go through the available pictures of the historical railway station so that the ancient glory can be restored. Dr. Langar directed the Tehsildar South and JDA to conduct a demarcation exercise, survey, submit the report along with other details of the site, take drone shots of the old railway station, mark the buildings and areas.

The Divisional Commissioner was informed that the land of the erstwhile State Railway Department was transferred to the Transport Department in 1954 and presently the JKRTC Yard and Workshop is located there. The tourism department and JSCL were asked to prepare a project report for the renovation of the railway station including all the important points of the project.

Historical and Heritage Significance of Railway Station

The Divisional Commissioner said that the government is giving priority to promote tourism and expand new attractions. He inspected the historic Bikram Chowk railway station and found that various landmarks and relics are still available at the site. Said that this old railway station has historical and heritage importance, proper efforts need to be made to restore its previous condition. Its renewal will add another dimension to heritage tourism in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Railroad was closed after India-Pakistan partition

Relevantly, the old railway station (at Bikram Chowk) was on the Jammu-Sialkot line, a 43 km route and used for trade as well as commerce. This route was mainly used for the trade of sugar and sugar. It used to cover the towns of Miran Sahib, Ranbir Singh Pora and Suchetgarh. This railway station, built in 1897, broke the rail link with Sialkot after the India-Pakistan partition.

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