In response to China extending infrastructure close to the disputed border with India, the Indian Railways is firming up plans to built four strategic rail lines in the Himalayas. Once complete, the rail lines will allow rapid deployment of security and defense forces to the border to counter unwanted advances by the Chinese.
The decision was taken based on instructions of Ministry of Defence and the project is expected to cost a staggering Rs 2 lakh crore.
The longest of the four lines will be the Bilaspur-Manali-Leh railway line, spanning a distance of 498 kilometers. Its highest point will be 3,300 meters above sea level, making it one of the highest in the world.
The other three strategic rail lines are:
249-km North Lakhimpur-Bame (Along)-Silapathar
227-km Pasighat-Tezu-Parsuram Kund-Rupai
170 km Missamari-Tenga-Tawang Read More