Gwalior Light Railway likely in UNESCO list
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is trying to get the 200km-long Gwalior Light Railway (GLR) included in the UNESCO’s world heritage sites.
The GLR was commissioned by Maharaja Madhav Rao II Scindia in 1895. The rail runs on 0.610 meter wide track from Gwalior to Sheopur Kalan. Its gauge is the narrowest ever used for railways in the world and it is still operational.
ASI director (world heritage) Jhanwij Sharma said the GLR completed 100 years in 2009. Proposal for its inclusion in the world heritage site was sent in the same year.
On the UNESCO’s behalf, evaluation studies were conducted by the International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). The GLR presently finds mention on UNESCO tentative list.
Union minister of state for commerce and industry Jyotiraditya Scindia has betted for world heritage status to this railway line.
In a letter written to the UNESCO he highlighted that GLR is still fully operational as a living example of the engineering enterprise of the 19th century and retains its original features.
The 200-km journey of GLR travels through 27 stations at a maximum speed of 35 kmph. The narrow gauge railway had branches to Bhind, Shivpuri, Morar, Kampu Koti as well as Sheopur Kalan.
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