The Indian Railways has lately announced that all trains services will be halted to and from Dehradun with immediate effect from November 10, 2019. The railway station will be revived for the public on February 7, 2019, after the reconstruction work to be carried out at the railway station is over.
Apparently, the travel and tourism industry is saddened with this move as they are demanding severe drop in tourist arrivals during the forthcoming winter season.
As a result of the termination of trains services, a few trains have been stopped and others comprising the Dehradun-New Delhi Shatabdi Express and Nanda Devi Express will start and stop at Haridwar Railway Station. News has it that the local taxi service businesses in Dehradun are assuming a decline in profit as most travellers will now hire taxis from Haridwar.
Corresponding to the report published in TOI, Sitaram Sonkar, Station Superintendent at Dehradun Railway Station, told the press that the real benefits of the restoration work will be gained later. Once the restoration work is over, big trains with extra coaches will be able to make a stop at Dehradun due to its increased capacity to hold bigger trains. News has it that about 18 trains (to and from) will either stop at Haridwar or return from depart from other stations. Others like Link Express that comes from Prayagraj will stop at Aligarh Junction. Similarly, trains coming from Muzaffarpur to Dehradun will stop at Najibabad.