To improve connectivity of Leh and adjoining areas in Jammu and Kashmir state with other parts of India, the Indian Railways has started work on its ambitious plan to link the cold desert of Ladakh with Manali in Himachal Pradesh with a high-elevation all-weather rail track at the height of 3,300 metres.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will inaugurate the work for the final location survey on 27 June for examining geology, constructability, maintainability and safety issues related to the project, the Times of India has reported.
The government has handed over the responsibility of final location survey work to Rail India Technical and Economic Service. The cost of construction of the 498-km railway line has been estimated at Rs 50,000 crore, while the survey alone is set to cost the government Rs 157 crore. Read More…
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