Bilaspur-Manali-Leh rail line: The world’s highest, Bilaspur-Manali-Leh rail line, which is scheduled for completion by 2022, will have coaches specially built for high altitude with an oxygen mask for every passenger. Also, there will be a doctor on call in every coach. The national transporter has already started the discussion on special coaches for the highest railway line, which will run at an elevation of 5,360 meters above the sea level. According to an HT report, Indian Railways, before manufacturing these coaches, will study the specification of coaches used in the Qinghai-Tibet rail line in China. The Qinghai-Tibet rail line in China is at an elevation of 2,000 metres above sea level.
Desh Ratan, the chief engineer of the project, was quoted in the report saying that the coaches have to be pressurised. He said that the line will not have sleeper class. Moreover, there will be heaters in every coach since temperatures will fall below freezing point. The discussion on this matter is at a preliminary stage but this will be some of the main requirement for trains running on this rail line, Ratan added. Additionally, in order to keep the service running, the national transporter is also working to tackle challenges such as landslides, cloudbursts and avalanche. Read more