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(******************************************* ):TheDarjeelingHimalayanRailway authorities have actually stopped routine toy train service fromNewJalpaiguritoSuknadue to the fact that of absence of travelers and will draw in travelers by resuming the “Jungle Safari,” a chartered tide to Rongtong from the NJP.

Withthe stop in this service, just the pleasure trips in between Darjeeling and Ghoom are offered for toy train lovers now.

Trainservices along the whole 87 km stretch in between the NJP and Darjeeling are yet to begin as repair work remain in development on tracks.

“We had started the service between Siliguri and Sukna after the recent statehood agitation to send a message to tourists and local people. But there is paucity of passengers and hence, we have stopped running the service on October 25,”M.K. Narzary, the director of the DHR, stated on Tuesday.

TheDHR had actually resumed the toy train service from October 15.

TheDHR, a Unesco heritage home, is among the significant tourist attractions for travelers going to the hills.

Butconsidering that June 12, train services in the hills had actually been stopped by the trains due to the fact that of the agitation released by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.

“Last month, we could only partially start some of the services. But we cannot confirm when the service along the entire route will resume as some maintenance and repair works are needed to be completed,”stated a train authorities.

Whileweeds have actually covered the tracks at some locations, the tracks have actually been impacted by small landslips in particular stretches. Also, guard walls next to the tracks have actually collapsed at some places, he stated.

“However, we will resume the Jungle Safari. Tourists and even local people can charter a train from the NJP to Rongtong and return on the same day. We feel it would attract more people than the NJP-Sukna service,”stated Narzary.

Hestated 2 coaches transported by a diesel loco would be offered to groups or people versus a charge of Rs 26,000

“Educational institutes can avail themselves of the charter service with a concession”stated the authorities.

InDarjeeling, a happiness trip in between Darjeeling and Ghoom expenses Rs 1,300for a guest if it is a steam loco and Rs 800 if a diesel loco is utilized in the trip.

“Wewish to bring back the service in between the NJP and Darjeeling by December as a number of travelers would gather throughout the Christmas and New Year, the DHR director stated.

Tourist crunch stimulates trip stop by: Farah Grimm published:

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