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News Entry# 287533
Dec 03 2016 (09:52)  Bilaspur-Manali-Leh rail line on fast track (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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SHIMLA: The Union government has speeded up the strategically important 498 km Bilaspur -Manali -Leh rail project by including it in the border area projects, for which Final Location Survey (FLS) has been undertaken at a cost of Rs 345 crore.
In September this year, a team of senior officials from the railways had visited Leh to discuss long -term and short -term plans to provide rail connectivity to the Himalayan region. To expedite the work and conduct a survey before laying the rail line, officials had requested the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Leh, to provide adequate land for setting up a camp office, and the required infrastructure.
a written reply to a question on rail connectivity in border areas, Union minister of state for railways Rajen Gohain told the parliament on Wednesday that the ministry of defence had initiated rail line projects along China, Nepal, and Pakistan borders as strategic lines. He said 14 strategic lines have been identified, out of which four - Bilaspur -Manali -Leh (498km), Missamari -Tenga -Tawang (378km), North Lakhimpur -Bame -Silapathar (249km), and Pasighat -Tezu -Rupai (227km) - will be taken up in the first phase. The first line is along the Himachal -J&K border and the last three lines along Assam -Arunachal border. The minister said stability, geology, constructability, maintainability and safety issues need to be examined for these projects.
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