Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Jamnagar City Railway Station History – may soon be develop

As we all kathiyavadis know that in Saurashtra Region, City Railway Station play main role for tourism and now It will be prove also by Jamnagar Railway Station which among the oldest in India and a unique cultural heritage of Gujarat — might soon be home to a new hotel or multiplex.

Yes, this news is really true we will soon get old (Junu)Jamnagar Railway Station as new one because the Railway Land Development Authority (RLDA) of the Ministry of Railways has invited applications for pre-qualification bids from real estate developers.

Now if I am talk about History of Jamnagar Railway Station then, was built in 1897 and is known for its Victorian architecture — complete with imperial waiting rooms for the royal travellers — which included the rulers of erstwhile Saurashtra, also facilitated the transport of goods in the region.

The first train journey took place from Jamnagar City to Rajkot City in 1897, in 1922; the station was given the name of Jamnagar Rail with the addition of tracks connecting the last taluka on the western coastline at Okha.

The Indian National Trust of Art and Culture Heritage means INTACH Chairman and princess of erstwhile Jamnagar state Harshadkumari Ba said in her interview that, “for 15 years, INTACH fought to preserve and revive this site, which was inherited by Western Railway, but in vein.” INTACH and the Jamnagar Municipal Corporation (JMC) had made a couple of proposals to preserve a part of the old building, especially the Darbar Hall, as also make an interpretation zone featuring the art, culture and history of Jamnagar to the Railway authorities.

Harshadkumari Ba also said that, “But the proposal was rejected every time as the Indian Railways authorities did not agree to allot land at the minimal price. The Railways wanted to sell it at the market rate, which was not affordable for INTACH and JMC. But with the Railways inviting tenders, INTACH will make a last attempt to prevent the commercialization of the place. The station was a mode of communication and transport for the various kingdoms in Saurashtra.”

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