HP declares Kalka-Shimla railway as 'heritage' property
Shimla, Aug. 13 (PTI): The Himachal Pradesh government has declared the century-old Kalka-Shimla railway line as a "heritage" property, brightening its chances of finding a place in UNESCO's world heritage list.
The decision, taken at a recent cabinet meeting presided by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, would strengthen the claim of the 104-year-old railway line to be included in the list as an expert team from UNESCO is scheduled to arrive here next month to evaluate and inspect it, railway officials said.
The team headed by an Australian professor Robert Lee will visit the hilly state from September 11 and a report on the merit of the railway line will be submitted to the world body.
If the 96 km route, inaugurated by British viceroy Lord Curzon in November 1903, is declared as a world heritage site, it will be the forth instance of Indian railways making it into the heritage list.
Darjeeling Himalaya railway, Neelgiri mountain railway and VT station in Mumbai have already made it into the UNESCO list.