Discussion in 'China' started by badguy2000, Sep 5, 2009.
On 10th June, Diqing plateau became an ocean of joy. People of ethnic Tibetan, Lisu, Naxi, Bai and Yi gathered at the cargo terminal construction site of Shangri-La Town to hold a meeting, celebrating the commencement of China's second Tibet Railway —— Lijiang-Shangri-La railway.
The railway that will cover 23,870 square kilometers and serve 373,000 people (of which 83.56% are ethnic minorities) will extend from Diqing plateau. It will connect the Dali Railway and the Tibet Autonomous Region.
As an important part of "the western railway network" and Yunnan-Tibet Railway in China's medium and long-term railway net work plan, Lijiang-Shangri-La railway starts from Lixiang station of Dali Railway, crossing the Jinsha River northward, passing Xiao Zhongdian, where it finally arrives in Shangri-La. Lijiang-Shangri-La railway not only traverses the richest and most unique regions in Yunnan Province containing biotechnology, mining, electricity and water resources, but also the habitat for ethnic minorities like Tibetan, Naxi, Yi, Lisu, Pumi and Bai.
Luo Zhengfu, vice governor of Yunnan province said at the meeting, "Construction of the Lijiang- Shangri-La railway will have a significant influence on promoting economic and social development in the northwest area: it can help to ease the backwardness of the transportation situation in northwest Yunnan, optimize the inter-regional allocation of resources, promote the deep exploration of tourism, hydropower and mineral resources and maintain stability in Tibet."
Full use of electric traction along the entire railway line
Speeding up railway construction in Yunnan Province was an important measure to cope with the international financial crisis, to stimulate domestic demand and economic growth and to promote the long-term development of Yunnan province. Yunnan province will take Lijiang-Shangri-La railway as a new opportunity to further set off an upsurge of railway construction in the province. Projects like Kunming Hinge Expansion, Yu-Kun Railway Expansion, the South East Link Dianchi Lake, Yun-Gui Railway, Shanghai-Kunming Railway line will all be launched within the year as to ensure eight billion yuan railway construction investment.
According to the approval of National Development and Reform Commission, the 139-kilometer-long Lijiang-Shangri-La railway is a level 1 National Railway. Electric traction is employed the whole length of the line, and the designed speed of the line is 120 km per hour. Being a part of the Yunnan-Tibet Railway, Lijiang-Shangri-La railway connects cities like Dali and Kunming. After the completion of Lijiang-Shangri-La Railway, more than 600 kilometers of railway line will be linked.
Total investment of this project amounts to 9.2 billion yuan and the project capital is 4.6 billion yuan, accounting for 50% of the total investment. Among which, the Ministry of Railways arranges 3.22 billion yuan fund for railway construction, accounting for 70% of the capital, while the Yunnan Provincial Capital Budget arranges 1.38 billion yuan, accounting for 30% of the capital. The remaining 4.6 billion yuan is from bank loans. The whole project is scheduled to complete in 6 years.
China sets out to build second railway to Tibet- People's Daily Online
This is an interesting development since it'll provide an easy transportation route for the Chengdu army groups.
That's not real.Tabloid fantasy.Ministry of railway denied it.
Good Job by Chinese to develop Railways on vary sturdy terrain like Tibet. It seems to me that Chinese are on full throttal as far as mobilizing people from eastern side of the region to the west is concerned. With this railway route, they can certainly mobilizing vary heavy inputs for the industrial development of Tibet.
This area is highly landslide prone!
You're right. The Ministry of Railways has denied it. Apparently, they're still in the "planning" stage, with no idea of when it will start and construction expected to take "8 years" at the minimum:
Sichuan-Tibet railway project delayed
By Dai Xu and Huang Zhiling (China Daily)
September 3rd, 2009
Construction on a highly anticipated rail line linking Chengdu in Sichuan province to Lhasa in Tibet will not start this month, according to the Ministry of Railway, contradicting recent media reports.
The railway's planners are still examining intricate and difficult geological conditions along the proposed lines, according to the ministry spokesman, who was quoted by Xinhua News Agency.
A new start date has not been set, the spokesman said.
The railway's construction will have to overcome frozen earth, landslides, rock slides, cold weather and a lack of oxygen due to high altitude in some places.
The proposed railway will span 1,629 km, 650 km of which will be in Sichuan. Trains will travel at a maximum speed of 200 km per hour and will take only eight hours to reach Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet autonomous region, according to Wang Minghui, deputy chief of the Chengdu railway administration.
The rail line is expected to be finished in eight years with an investment of nearly 54 billion yuan ($7.9 billion) in State funds.
Travelers now have two ways to reach Lhasa from Chengdu: by National Highway No 318, which takes three days, and via Train T22, which takes nearly 45 hours.
"Because only one train leaves Chengdu for Lhasa every other day, and vice versa, it is quite difficult to get tickets," said Chen Zhuo, an official with the Chengdu railway station.
Construction of the Sichuan-Tibet railway is expected to propel economic and tourism development along the line.
The Hengduan Mountains near the line have an abundance of natural resources, including water, vegetation and minerals, said Li Changping, chief of the Ganzi Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Sichuan.
The Yulong Copper Mine near the mountain in Tibet has a proven reserve of 6.5 million tons of copper, first among the country's copper mines.
Eighty-two counties and districts along the line in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces and Tibet boast snow-capped mountains, grasslands, and Tibetan and Buddhist cultures.
Sichuan-Tibet railway project delayed
you are right,It's really a difficult work to build a railway to Tibet.and that's why Chinese experts spend more than 10 years to do the research on the route of this area.fortuantly,we success bulit up one.and about the second one?I have never heard about that.
Somebody said it will be 65% by tunnels and bridges, but luckily we had experience of building Chengdu-Kumming railway 40 yrs ago.
When this Ring get done, the we have to connect to Pakistan and Nepal; time is not important, just like Russia spent 100+ yrs built its far east railway.
Even while the Sichuan-Lhaasa railway appears to be delayed, here's another thing we should be wary of:
China launches first-ever private railway
Saibal Dasgupta, TNN 4 October 2009, 08:22pm IST
BEIJING: Even as Chinese president Hu Jintao was telling an audience in Beijing that the government will stick to the path of socialism on October 1, a quite capitalistic revolution was taking place in distant Sanxi province in north China.
The first-ever private railway project began construction on the 60th anniversary of the Communist revolution. It may seem like a modest beginning for the project’s private owners but the business focus is clear as the project will link coal mines of Sanxi.
Another project that will bring China’s rail network very close to the border of Myanmar went in into operation late September. This project connecting two towns in Yunnan province is now being extended to connect Ruili, the Chinese outpost on the Myanmar border.
The move has great strategic significance for India’s military brass closely watching the development of transport infrastructure in the border regions.
The Indian army is already worried about another Chinese plan to extend the Tibet railway to Nepal making it easy for Beijing to move troops and ammunition close to the Indian border.
Song Xiude, chief of Kunming Railway Bureau, recently told reporters in Yunnan that the line will be linked to the South East Asian rail network via a 350-km-long railway being constructed between Dali and Ruili, a city on the Sino-Myanmar border. Construction of the Dali-Ruili railway began last year and is slated for completion in 2014, the official media said.
China’s first privately funded rail project will link the towns of Jiafeng and Nanchenpu over a stretch of 64.29 kilometers. The $340 million rail line will have six stops and pass through six counties in Sanxi province. It has been funded by two private companies-the Broad Union Investment Management Group Co., Ltd. And ufeng Railway Construction Investment Co., Ltd. –besides the local state run Railway Bureau of Zhengzhou.
Shen Zhou, the project manager for the Dali project in Yunnan said construction of the like included 47 tunnels and 76 bridges.
"Geological problems such as landslides, quicksand, cave-in were persistent through the entire process of construction, and we have built a 5,800-meter-long tunnel in a stratum known as tuff, a type of rock composed of compacted volcanic ash, which is the world's first of the kind," Shen said.
China launches first-ever private railways - China - World - NEWS - The Times of India
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