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Dec 02 2016 (18:19)  Modi government puts Leh rail project on fast track (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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SHIMLA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government has speeded up the strategically important 498 kms Bilaspur-Manali-Leh rail project by including it among the projects for border areas for which final location survey (FLS) has been taken up for these projects at a cost of Rs 345 crore. Having remained on back burner all these years in last couple of years dream of having rail line upto China border in high Himalayas is finally inching towards reality.
Earlier in September a team of senior officials from Railways had visited Leh to hold discussions on long term and short term plans to provide rail connectivity to Himalayan region. To expedite the work and to conduct survey before laying the rail line, Railways officials had
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requested the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Leh to provide adequate land to set up its camp office and to set required infrastructure.
In a written reply to a question on rail connectivity to border areas, Union Minister of State for Railways, Rajen Gohain replied in the parliament on Wednesday that Union Ministry of Defence has initiated rail line projects along China, Nepal and Pakistan border as a strategic line.
He informed that a total of 14 Strategic lines have been identified, out of which four strategic lines namely Missamari - Tenga - Tawang (378 Km), Bilaspur - Manali - Leh (498 Km), ) Pasighat - Tezu - Rupai (227 Km) and North Lakhimpur - Bame (Along)-Silapathar (249 Km) have been decided to be taken up in first phase.
Minister said that none of these projects has been sanctioned. Since all these projects pass through very difficult terrains of young Himalayas, stability, geology, constructability, maintainability and safety issues are to be examined.
Accordingly, Final Location Survey (FLS) has been taken at a cost of Rs 345 Crore and for the year 2016-17, Ministry of Defence has provided Rs. 87.18 Crore, he said.
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