Indian Railways is building world’s highest rail lines in Ladakh

Indian Railways is building world’s highest rail lines in Ladakh

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Date of Post: 26 Oct, 2018

New Delhi: Indian Railways is going build world’s highest rail lines, the line will connect New Delhi with Ladakh. The phase-1 of the location survey has completed and the detailed project report would be finalised after the completion of the final location survey. The Indian Railways has proposed it to be declared a national project.

More information:

  • It is a very difficult project undertaken by the railways till date given the terrain over which the tracks have to be laid.
  • This line is about 465 km long in distance and the estimated cost to build this line will be Rs 83,360 crore.
  • Construction on a 51 kilometre stretch between Upshi in Himachal Pradesh and Phe in Leh should begin immediately, Railways suggested.
  • As per the report of phase-1 of the survey, this project will include 74 tunnels, 124 major bridges and 396 minor bridges.
  • According to the first phase of the survey, The rail line will have a highest road point of 5,360 metres above mean sea level that is comparable only to the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Line in China, which is at a height of around 2,000 metres.
  • Trains on Bilaspur-Manali-Leh line would run at a speed of 75 kmph, after the completion of this project and reduce the distance between Delhi to Leh from the present 40 hours to 20 hours.

To know more about recent developments of Railways-

25 Oct, 2018 : India’s first engine-less ‘Train 18’ going to hit tracks for trials on Oct 29

24 Oct, 2018: A new railway line approved between Bahraich and Khalilabad in Uttar Pradesh

24 Oct, 2018: Railways Planning Rs 50,000 Crore High-Speed Rail Corridor from Kasargod to Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala


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