Toy train can run from Saturday. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Director AK Mishra said this after visiting the area affected by the collapse on Tuesday. The toy train from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling has been stopped since last Thursday. The line between Tindharia and Rangtong was damaged by the landslide. But Darjeeling Himalayan Railway has not yet repaired this collapse. Meanwhile, at the beginning of the tourism season, the businessmen are worried about this incident. During the Puja season, tourists are going to descend on the hill. Already, the booking of toy train from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling has increased to more than 50 percent. But the toy train line collapsed last Thursday due to heavy rain. From that day the train movement was stopped. After that, the repair work started, but the danger increased again on Monday when a new collapse occurred at the same place.
Not only that, big cracks have also been seen on National Highway 55 which is close to the toy train line. Railway authorities are also concerned about that. Because if that road collapses somehow, it will be difficult to run the train during Puja. Although the railway workers are trying to run the train by removing the collapse. But no one can say when it can be launched.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Director AK Mishra has already visited the area affected by the collapse. He said, “I have visited that area. I was sure that the train will be able to run from Tuesday. But our danger has increased due to Monday’s rain. However, our workers continue to work. But if it rains, the work has to be stopped. We aim to launch from Saturday.” Meanwhile, at the beginning of the season, tourism traders are worried about this incident. They want this problem to be solved quickly. Samrat Sanyal, editor of the Himalayan Hospitality and Tourism Development Network said, “If the railways does not resolve this issue quickly, then a bad message will go out.”