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Bilaspur-Manali-Leh rail line will pass through tunnels

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New Delhi (LokSatya). The strategically important Bilaspur-Manali-Leh railway line connecting Ladakh with the rest of the country will not only pass through tunnels but also give tourists a breathtaking view of the picturesque valleys of Manali, Rohtang La and Lahaul Spiti in the Shivalik, Himalaya and Zanskar mountain ranges. Can get

About 55 percent of this railway line with an altitude of 4700 meters above sea level, ie about three hundred and fifty kilometers will pass through tunnels. After its construction, the travel time between the national capital and Leh will be reduced by half to about 20 hours.

Sources said that the task of survey for laying this new broad gauge track has been entrusted to Northern Railway. After the survey of the first phase, the survey of the second and third phases was done simultaneously which is almost complete and soon the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways will visit Ladakh. After that its report will be submitted to the government. After this, a camp office will be opened in Leh and the process of construction will be started after an agreement is signed with the Land Development Authority in Ladakh.

Sources say that in view of the strategic importance, the government wants to complete this project as soon as possible. Therefore, it is possible that for the construction of the railway line, a contract will be given by making five to ten packages so that work can be started on all of them together and in any case this work will be completed in this decade. The sources also informed that the governments of the Union Territories of Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh are cooperating with the project promptly and any necessary decisions are being implemented immediately.

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According to sources, the length of this line, which has a length of 475 km in the first phase, has increased to about 495 km in the latest survey. In the final survey, there will be a total of 28 stations in this route from Bilaspur to Leh in Himachal Pradesh out of which 14 stations will be in Himachal Pradesh and 14 stations will be in the Union Territory of Ladakh. The project will provide easy all-weather transportation throughout the year.

It is estimated that with the construction of this new broad gauge track passing through the picturesque areas of Manali, Rohtang La and Lahaul Spiti in Himachal Pradesh, the travel time between Delhi-Leh will be reduced from 40 to 20 hours. With a beautiful journey between beautiful mountains and snow-capped plains, this journey will be full of adventure for the tourists. After the construction of this line, along with improving the supply of essential commodities, strategic supply in the inaccessible areas of Ladakh, tourism will also get a big boost. This line will pass through Shivalik, Himalaya and Zanskar mountain ranges. On this route, four of the world's highest passes – Rohtang-La, Baralcha-La, Lachung-La and Tanglang-La will also come. The major stations will be Sundernagar, Mandi, Manali, Koxar, Keylong, Darcha, Pang, Debaring, Upshi. Some stations will be of technical class only, with no ticket sales, although a passenger can disembark if he so desires.

This Bilaspur-Manali-Leh rail line will be the highest railway line in India which will start from 500 meters and will pass through an altitude of 4700 meters. The train will be able to run at a maximum speed of 75 kmph on this section.

This is a very strategic project from the strategic point of view. Being a deposit project of the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Defense has provided advance funds for the survey. A three-tier survey of the project was conducted. The survey of the first phase has been completed and at present the work of the second and third phases has been done simultaneously and this work is almost complete. According to the survey report of the phases of the survey so far, a route of 495 km from Bilaspur to Leh has been determined. As per the preliminary estimate, an amount of Rs 157 crore was sanctioned for the final location survey. But after inviting global tenders, the revised cost has come down to 120 crores, which has saved the government.

According to the survey, 55 percent of its track i.e. 273 km route will pass through tunnels, in which the longest tunnel will be 13.5 km. A total of 67 tunnels are proposed in this route. Along with this, 100 viaduct bridges will be built on this route, which will have a total length of 27 km, which will be 5.5 percent of the total length. The total cost of the project is estimated to be more than 90,000 crores.

Three level leveling, remote sensing studies, geographic mapping, geological survey, lidar survey, differential global positioning system survey, pillar construction survey have been done for this line. Northern Railway has taken the help of Indian Remote Sensing Institute Dehradun, National Institute of Rock Mechanics Bangalore, Survey of India, Geological Survey of India, Snow and Avalanche Departments and other experts. Northern Railway has also engaged Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee as a consultant in this work. After the preparation of their final report, some additional decisions may be taken as required.

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