HC Deb 06 November 1884 vol 293 cc1115-6

asked the Under Secretary of State for India, Whether it is a fact that sanction has been given to the construction of a Railway between Umballa and Kalka, and of another towards Ootacamund; and, whether it is intended to proceed with these two Railways at a time when the traffic returns of Indian Railways are showing a considerable falling off, and when the policy of the emigration of Government Departments to the hill stations is being reconsidered?


The line from Umballa to Kalka is one of those which have been surveyed; but no intimation of sanction to its construction has reached the India Office. The line towards Ootacamund is not one which Government has contemplated constructing. Promoters of a Company for making such a line have been in negotiation with the Government of Madras and the Secretary of State; but no terms have yet been arrived at.