India to build rail line to Ladakh

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India to build rail line to Ladakh - India - The Times of India


India to build rail line to Ladakh
26 Apr 2009, 1111 hrs IST, PTI

NEW DELHI: The ambitious and strategically crucial project to link mountain-locked Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir with rest of the country by
train has moved a step closer to fructification with the Railways finalising the feasibility report in this regard.

The first rail link is proposed to be between Leh and Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh and six passenger trains and nine goods trains are planned on the 498 km-long section.

"The feasibility report of Leh-Bilaspur rail link project is almost ready and it will be submitted to Railway Ministry shortly for scrutiny. After the scrutiny, the report would be sent to the Planning Commission before being sent to Parliament for final approval," said a senior Railway Ministry official involved with the feasibility study.

The project is strategically crucial as it is part of India's efforts to improve infrastructure in the border region considering that China has already built a rail link to Tibet.

China has also improved connectivity with Pakistan via the Karakoram highway which runs close to the Indian border.

The proposed Leh rail project came up for discussion at the Army Commanders' Conference here recently in the context of improving supply lines along the border like China has done.

According to the study, the Leh-Bilaspur project, which is estimated to cost about Rs 22,000 crore, 6,000 passengers are expected to travel daily in the section, once the line is operational.
 

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That will be perfect. I think it will makes us tourist a lot easier to travel all around northern india. Specially I had driving up on hills, so this is pretty cool. Now can't wait to go to india.
 

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That's a great news LF sir, it will have a great importance,

Moreover, it will bolster our logistic capabilities.

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finally our govt woke up from slumber.... that is a good news, now troop movements and logistics can be taken care of easily and speedily....
 

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About time. Hopefully it will be a Broad Gauge line running under the hills around Keylong so that it is an all weather route. Later, Leh can be connected to Srinagar.
 

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Do it man, do it. It will redeem the image of Indian railways to some extent. it is high time that the thoroughly useless organization called Indian Railways did something really out of the ordinary.
 

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finally our govt woke up from slumber.... that is a good news, now troop movements and logistics can be taken care of easily and speedily....
Don't be so sure... our media always uses the word "would do", "would make" "may do" etc rather than "have built, have made" etc. So until we see its photos on TV or newspaper, don't be too excited. I might sound pessimist but we all know how it works.
 

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India should connect Kashmir first.

Through the new all weather tunnel being built at Rohtang, the railway line could possibly be engineered.
 

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