New Delhi: In a major stride for Indian Railways, the location survey of the proposed new railway track at a height of 3,300 metres at Leh in Jammu and Kashmir ( J&K) will begin this week.
The strategically important rail network at Leh will be the highest rail track in the world, overtaking China’s Qinghai-Tibet Railway.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will inaugurate the work on the final location survey of the 498 km-long Bilaspur-Manali-Leh railway project on Tuesday.
The proposed new railway line will connect all important locations between Bilaspur and Leh namely Sunder Nagar Mandi, Manali, Tandi, Keylong, Koksar, Darcha, Upshi and Karu.
The Ministry of Defence is funding for the survey work at an estimated cost of Rs. 157.77 crore.
The all-weather Leh rail network in Himachal and J&K along the China border is one of the four important railway connectivity projects identified by the Ministry of Defence .