Most Indians know of only one Shakuntala, the one Kalidasa made famous in his Sanskrit play ‘Abhijnana Shakuntalam‘. They have not heard of Shakuntala Railways, the only railway in India that is still not owned by the Indian government. The reason as to why this railway line does not come under the Indian Railways is still unclear, but when the entire railways was nationalised in 1952, this line was strangely left alone.
The Shakuntala Express
The contract for this railway was up for renewal in 2016. Any idea what was decided in 2016. Wikepedia says that Gauge Conversion was announced in 2016, is that correct?
Contract has ended, GC work started
Where can I read more about the contract not being renewed and/or the GC announcement?
This article of October 2016 says the GOI WILL take over. But has it? Any information you have? click here