Railway line to Leh, another high for India

Bilaspur-Manali-Leh rail line to be highest in the world, overtaking China’s Qinghai-Tibet Railway

At 5,360 metres above sea level, India is building the world’s highest railway line. The Bilaspur–Manali–Leh will cover a distance of 465 railway line and cost of Rs 83,360 crore,. The proposed railway line passes through the Shivaliks, Himalayas, and the Zanskar range as well as four mountain passes – Rohtang La, Barlacha La, Lachung La, and Tangla La.

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“We have suggested that the project be declared a national project as once completed it will help our armed forces, as well as boost tourism and lead to the development of the region,” Vishesh Chaube, general manager of the Northern Railway, told PTI.

5 things to know about railway project:

  1. The Bilaspur-Manali-Leh railway line is estimated to cost Rs 83,360 crore.
  2. Bilaspur-Manali-Leh rail line to be highest in the world, overtaking China’s Qinghai-Tibet Railway
  3. It is a 465-km railway line. It would be the highest railway tracks in the world when the constructions complete.
  4. At its highest point, the tracks would be at 5,360 meters above sea level.
  5. There would be 30 stations on the new line taking Railways closer to India-China border in Ladakh. The important locations to be connected en route between Bilaspur and Leh are Sundernagar, Mandi, Manali, Keylong, Koksar, Darcha, Upshi and Karu in the states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.
  6. It will have India’s first underground railway station in Keylong.

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