China unveils trans-Himalayan railway line

    Trans Himalayan Railway Line
    In a recent development, China has proposed a trans-Himalayan railway line connecting Tibet with India and Nepal, as Beijing looks to make Tibet an economic and cultural hub connecting China with South Asia. As a matter of fact, the construction of a railway crossing the Himalayan mountains, is now economically and technologically feasible, Deputy Director of the Science and Technology Department at Beijing University of Technology, Zong Gang said, adding that the Himalayan Railway would start from Xigaze, a city in Tibet, run to Gyirong, a land port on the Chinese border, and extend into Nepal, although it would not be a high-speed railway. China built a railway running for more than 1,100 km to connect the highland region of Tibet with the rest of the country in 2006, and extended it to Xigaze with an additional 250 km railway connecting the city to Tibetan provincial capital, Lhasa. China now mulls a railway link to both Nepal and Yadong, a Tibetan county close to Sikkim border and in the near future it can be connected to India as well. It may be recalled that Chinese daily recently published a map showing railway line linking Xigaze with Yadong and Burang, both closer to Indian borders in Sikkim and Uttarakhand and also Gyirong, bordering Nepal.
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