UNESCO Visit Gives Hope To DHR

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Siliguri: A UNESCO team came to a visit to the hills for an annual review of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR).

They held a meeting with DHR officials at Elysia Building, the headquarters of DHR in Kurseong, 50km from Siliguri, on Wednesday.

“Representatives of UNESCO visit Darjeeling at least twice a year. But this time, they came almost after a year because of the unrest in the hills last year. They had a meeting with us and on Thursday, they will visit Darjeeling. They will check the tracks and the station buildings damaged during the unrest,” said N.K. Narzary, the director of DHR.

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After the 105-day shutdown in the hills last year during which toy train services were disrupted and heritage structures like the Sonada and Gayabari stations were torched – the Elysia Building was ransacked too – this is the first visit by a Unesco team.

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