India’s rail coming up in China’s border The Ministry of Defence...

India’s rail coming up in China’s border

The Ministry of Defence has earmarked Rs 158 crore to the Indian Railways for the survey, with Rs 40 crore released in 2016-17.
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A 16-member team of railway engineers, geologists, bridge specialists and avalanche experts, tosses various options towards a breakthrough.
This will be done by engineering a deep vertical cut to pushing the track towards the existing motor road.

If the Government of India has its way, a railway line up to Leh — a district in Ladakh sandwiched between Pakistan occupied Kashmir in the west and China in the north and east — will be a future reality.
The survey for a 498-km-long strategic railway line from Bilaspur (Himachal Pradesh) to Manali (HP) to Leh ( J&K) began in September last year.
The Ministry of Defence has earmarked Rs 158 crore to the Indian Railways for the survey, with Rs 40 crore released in 2016-17.
Depending on the gradients and the alignment, the route length could go up to 650 km, almost the same as the distance by road. But the big picture is this: strategically important Leh — just 250 km from the China border — will finally be connected to Delhi by an all-weather, 1,100-km-long rail route.

Though defence requirements are the basic rationale for conceiving a railway line passing through a difficult terrain and high passes – 17,480-ft-high Taglang La is one of the four passes on the way – the people living in Mandi, Manali, Tandi, Keylong, Koksar, Darcha, Upshi, Karu, among other towns and villages, will find rail connectivity closer to their homes.

The survey men are tight-lipped; a tentative cost will be known by the end of next year when the second phase of the three-phase survey is completed. But rough estimates have already put it at Rs 1 lakh crore.
With inputs from :The Economic Times
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