GUWAHATI, Dec 5: The famous Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) which was declared as World Heritage site on December 5, 1999 celebrated 20 years of “World Heritage” declaration by UNESCO on Thursday. As part of the programme a ceremonial special train was also flagged off from Darjeeling to Ghum in presence of a large gathering.
A fun run was held from Ghum to Darjeeling to create awareness on the importance of DHR, where general public apart from school children participated in good numbers. An art exhibition related to DHR by local artiste and a colourful cultural programme was held on the occasion at Darjeeling Chowrasta which enthralled the guests present on the occasion.
A Coffee Table book on DHR was also released on the occasion. Member Rolling Stock Railway Board, Rajesh Agrawal; GM, NFR Sanjive Roy; DRM, Katihar, RK Verma; Secretary GTA, David Pradhan; Director Cultural Affairs of GTA BK Ghishing apart from other senior railway officials were present on the occasion.
Notably, the UNESCO inscription on DHR reads, “The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is the first and still the most outstanding example of a hill passenger railway.
Opened in 1881, it applied bold and ingenious engineering solutions to the problem of establishing an effective rail link across a mountainous terrain of great beauty. It is still fully operational and retains most of its original features intact.”