Guwahati: The Railway’s plan for developing a toy train theme park in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, is all set to take off.
Work on the project will begin soon, which is expected to enhance tourism in the region close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.
Tawang is home to India’s largest Buddhist monastery, which is located at an altitude of 3,048 metres and is nearly 450 kilometres from the state capital, Itanagar.
As per official, the soldiers stationed in this district along the Indo-China border will be able to enjoy recreational activities with the families in the park. The park will have amenities such as a food plaza, a toy railway and other recreational areas.
According to sources, the park would be developed nearly 14 kilometres from the Bumla pass.
The Railway is working with the government of Arunachal Pradesh to create (the project) to improve tourism and recreation facilities for brave warriors, said official.
At a meeting with NFR general manager Anshul Gupta in August, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu gave his approval to the project.
Following the state government’s in-principle permission, a detail estimate of around Rs 15.5 crore was given. Contracts will be given following the government’s deposit of funds, official sail.
The toy train will have a total track length of roughly 2500 metres and will consist of an engine and three carriages, each with a capacity of 12 passengers.
The toy train track will be built on the outskirts of the gorgeous Pankang Teng Tso Lake, also known as PTSO Lake, which is located ahead on a hilly road on a ridge overlooking Tawang town.
The Tawang toy train project is one of Indian Railways’ main projects in Northeast India, designed for expanding the region’s train footprint.
Once the toy train comes in operation, this will be the second of its sort in India’s eastern region, following Darjeeling’s Himalayan Railway.