Munnar might soon get back its monorail train in a move to woo tourists in the region. In 1924, this British engineering marvel, i.e., the monorail train, that connected the hill station with Mattupetty Top Station, was washed away in a devastating flood.
The Tourism Department is now planning to revive this train service on the lines of Darjeeling train service model. As per the department, the said plan might help to attract more tourists.
Referring to this, Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said that reviving this monorail is on the Tourism Department’s priority list. The minister also said that the monorail that has been in the state of ruins for so long, with a few remnants scattered throughout Munnar and Kundala Valley, will now be revived with the prospect of giving the hill station a new attraction to experience.
Tourism officials said that a delegation, including officials from the Kerala Rail Development Corporation, will be carrying out a feasibility study in the area. Based on the report, the department will start working on the next phase.
As of now, the Tourism Department is planning to revive 5 km railway line during the first phase. The monorail, which was built during the British era into narrow-gauge, will now be remodelled like the Darjeeling train service.
The Munnar railway station, in fact, houses the head office of KDHP (Kanan Devan Hills Plantations), which was built in 1902. The monorail was replaced by the light railway in 1908, which was further damaged beyond repair in 1924 by a massive flood. Later, a road connecting Munnar with the Top Station as well as Kodaikanal was built. However, the vehicular traffic to Kodaikanal was later stopped as the road passed through a forest.
The Tourism Department officials also said that when the monorail project was being considered, Tata committed of cooperating if the state government came up with a detailed project report, which made way for the process of reviving this project.
Source: Times of India