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World's highest rail track survey to commence in Leh

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  1. anant_s

    anant_s Encyclopedia Technical Analyst

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    World's highest rail track survey to commence in Leh

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    NEW DELHI: The Railways will kick off the final location survey of the 498 km longBilaspur-Manali-Leh line at Leh in Jammu and Kashmir this week.

    Coming up at a high of 3,300 metres, the strategically important rail project is touted to become the highest rail track in the world, overtaking China's Qinghai-Tibet Railway.

    The all-weather Leh rail network is one of the four important railway connectivities identified by the defence ministry along the China border.

    Railway minister Suresh Prabhu will inaugurate the work for the final location survey on June 27 at an estimated cost of Rs 157.77 crore. The survey is funded by the defence ministry.

    The proposed new rail line will connect all important locations between Bilaspur and Leh namely Sunder Nagar Mandi, Manali, Tandi, Keylong, Koksar, Darcha, Upshi and Karu.

    The final location survey has been entrusted to RITES, a Railways PSU.

    "RITES has deployed its expert team to carry out this challenging task. The survey will be carried out in three phases and is slated to be completed by 2019," said a senior Railway Ministry official.

    Presently, the road route is open only for about five months in a year.

    Apart from strategic considerations, the line connecting Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh to Leh in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir is expected to give immense "socio-economic benefits" to the region, including tourism.

    The defence ministry had initiated rail line projects along China, Nepal and Pakistan borders as strategic lines.
    Fourteen strategic lines have been identified, out of which four - Bilaspur-Manali-Leh, Missamari-Tenga-Tawang, North Lakhimpur-Bame-Silapathar and Pasighat-Tezu-Rupai - will be taken up in the first phase.

    The Bilaspur-Manali-Leh line is along Himachal-J&K border and the last three lines along Assam-Arunachal border.

    Once the Bilaspur-Manali-Leh railway line is completed, Leh will be directly connected to Himachal Pradesh and the rest of India by railway.

    Personnel and equipment will be transported more easily to the strategic military base of Leh with the commissioning of the line.
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    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...y-to-commence-at-leh/articleshow/59309992.cms
     
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    I hope good news comes in for Sri Nagar - Kargil - Leh route too.
     
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    Ankit Kumar 001 Major Technical Analyst

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    Updates on Chenab and Anji Khad bridges? Do you think 2019 will see their completion ?
     
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    Railways are pushing very hard for completion of both projects.
    Anji Khand bridge hopefully would see testing trials before winters of 2019.
     
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    People of Tawang and Leh would never have thought that Indian Railways will visit their home town in their lifetime
     
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    India’s Plan to Build Highest Rail Line on China Border Hits Fund Block

    It is estimated that the Leh project will cost approximately $5 billion to the Indian government while these four strategic lines will require approximately $48 billion for completion. But funding for the project seems problematic within the different departments of the government as it was evident from a parliamentary panel report that despite getting approval for final location survey in October 2014, the defense ministry did not provide the required fund of $51.8 million to the railways for next two years.
    It had been decided that these 4 identified strategic lines will be fully funded by either the defense ministry or finance ministry, and the grant for these strategic lines are given over and above yearly budgetary support through a separate window while costs for final location survey will be provided by the defense ministry.

    So who's going to fund it really? Do we have that kind of money?
     

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