Fire guts 108-year-old Heritage Kandaghat Railway station

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A heritage railway station at Kandaghat was gutted in a fire today. Building was entirely made of wood and built by the British in 1903. The station was a junction for the Kalka-Shimla rail line, but traffic has been normal on the route.

A railway official in Shimla said communication and electricity were restored at the Kandaghat station, Inspector General (railway traffic) Pradeep Kumar Sarpal told that fire was broke out in the dead of night in which all the records, rail gadgets and furniture at the station destroyed. It took around five hours to control the fire. The reason of fire is not yet know and speculated that may have been caused by an electrical short-circuit.

Officials of Northern Railway from Ambala division have reached the place to evaluate the situation and ordered for an enquiry.

Kalka-Shimla rail line was chosen by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2008.