Indian Railways is building world’s highest railway line
The Indian Railways is building the world’s Highest railway line to link New Delhi and Ladakh by means of a railway line that will run along the India-China Border. The proposed Bilaspur-Manali-Leh Line would be the world’s highest railway line once launched. The location survey of the first phase is complete. Besides giving quick all-weather access to the armed forces, the railway line will also boost tourism in the scenic Ladakh region that is currently connected by road and air. The Ladakh-Himachal region receives heavy snowfall and road and air connectivity are sometimes affected due to bad weather.
The rail line will have the highest road point of 5,360 meters 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 meters. The estimated cost to build this 465 km-line will be Rs 83,360 crore. The project will include 74 tunnels, 124 major bridges, and 396 minor bridges, according to the first phase of the survey. There would be 30 stations on the line.
Key Highlights Of The Project
- The projected cost to construct the 465 km line will be Rs 83,360 crore. The railway line will be the world’s highest at 5,360 meters above mean sea level which is comparable to China’s Quinghai-Tibet Railway Line at 2,000 meters
- The project comprises 74 tunnels, 124 major bridges, 396 minor bridges and 30 stations on the line. Keylong station on the route will be constructed inside a tunnel at the height of 3000 meters which is a first in India.
- Notably, more than half the train route would be covered through tunnels, the longest of which is 27 km. The whole length of the tunnels would be 244 km.
- The route will link crucial locations between Bilaspur and Leh such as Sundernagar, Mandi, Manali, Keylong, Koksar, Darcha, Upshi and Karu as well as Sundernagar, Mandi, Manali, Keylong, Koksar, Darcha, Upshi and Karu as well as several other towns of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.
- The completion, the railway line will halve the time taken to cover the distance between Delhi and Leh from the current 40 hrs to 20 hrs.