New plans for a second railway linking Tibet with other parts of the country have been put forward as part of proposals for China’s 13th Five-Year Plan.
According to the People’s Daily, the planned railway would connect the Tibetan Autonomous Region’s capital of Lhasa with Sichuan’s provincial capital of Chengdu. Reports indicate that the railway would be about 1,630 kilometers in length, with a journey taking 15 hours.
The existing railway line which currently links Tibet with China’s inland regions is the 1,956 kilometer Qinghai-Tibet Railway, which began operations in July 2006. The line features the world’s highest stretch of track, highest train station and highest railway tunnel.
“We hope that the railway will be completed as early as possible. It will provide new momentum for our development, especially the tourism,” said Wangdui, a national lawmaker and mayor of Tibet’s Nyingchi City.
The planned line is part of a raft of proposed infrastructure projects which would see the construction of an additional 30,000 kilometers of high-speed rail line and 50 new airports.
China to build second railway linking Tibet to the rest of the country