Hi guest, Register | Login | Contact Us
Welcome to Phayul.com - Our News Your Views
Sun 02, Oct 2016 12:25 AM (IST)
Search:     powered by Google
2016 ELECTION RESULT
 MENU
Home
News
Photo News
Opinions
Statements &
Press Releases

Book Reviews
Movie Reviews
Interviews
Travels
Health
Obituaries
News Discussions
News Archives
Download photos from Tibet
 Latest Stories
Opposing Dalai Lama “highest priority,” says China
Dalai Lama expresses regret over Shimon Peres' demise
Tibetan monk from Jonang monastery held incommunicado in Eastern Tibet
Nepal government assures basic documentation to Tibetans
Minister of Security says official secrets safe with his dept.
Gu-Chu-Sum celebrates silver jubilee, holds 7th General Body meet
Water seminar calls for Trans-border water sharing mechanism
Tibetan Parliament votes against Sharling's induction into cabinet
Issue passport to Tibetans as per Citizenship Act: Delhi High Court
Dalai Lama returns after Europe tour
 Latest Photo News
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is presented with the Tibetan community's report by president of the Tibetan Community in France during a public audience at Palais des Congrès (Congress Palace) in Paris, France. The public audience organised by the Tibetan Community in France with support from other NGOs. and attended by thousands of Tibetans and devotees from all parts of France, 13 September 2016. Phayul Photo/ Norbu Wangyal
People welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama who returned Thursday from his visit to Ladakh, Aug. 25, 2016. Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
His Holiness the Dalai Lama being greeted by on his arrival at Kushok Bakula Rinpoche Airport in Leh, Ladakh, J&K, India, July 25, 2017. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL
more photos »
Advertisement
China’s rail line to Shigatse to open a year ahead in 2014
Phayul[Thursday, September 27, 2012 16:21]
DHARAMSHALA, September 27: China’s strategically important rail line to the Tibetan city of Shigatse, south of capital Lhasa, is set to open a year ahead of schedule by 2014.

Work on the 253 kilometre railway, the first extension of the “Qinghai-Tibet” railway, began in 2010 with a budget of 13.3 billion Yuan ($ 2.1 billion).

Chinese government officials have maintained that the new rail link will promote “tourism and rational use of natural resources.”

However, critics have said the rail line would speed the Sinicisation of the Tibetan plateau and enable a sharp increase in mining and other industry in the environmentally fragile region.

Reports indicate that the rail link has already accelerated a number of mining projects, including the massive Yulong copper mine, under development by Western Mining and Zijin Mining Group Co Ltd, among others.

Activists and Tibet advocacy groups say China’s growing rail network in Tibet will encourage further influx of Han Chinese migrants into Tibet, marginalising the Tibetans in their own country. Activists say China’s primary goal in building the railways is to strengthen its political clout over Tibet and boost efforts to drain Tibet's natural resources.

Official media reports have said the new rail link is designed with a capacity to transport 8.3 million tonnes of freight annually.

Experts in India view the new railway as an expansion of China’s military mobilisation capabilities along the Indo-Tibetan border, adding on to its advanced strategic military infrastructure.

Following the Shigatse rail link’s completion, China plans to extend its rail network further to the Indian border and also to Nepal.

From Shigatse, this line will move east and go right up to Yadong, on the mouth of the Chumbi Valley. This town is connected to the Indian state of Sikkim through the Nathu La pass and is strategically located on the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan.

This project is slated for completion by 2017, bringing the Tibet railway just 500 km short of the Siliguri corridor in India.

In another extension of the Shigatse line, China will be building a rail track, around 275kms long, towards Kerung of Rasuwa District in Nepal on the Tibet-Nepal border. The Chinese government has already developed Kerung as a special economic zone as per Nepali request.
Print Send Bookmark and Share
  Readers' Comments »
weapons (omze)
Your Comments

 Other Stories
Gu Chu Sum observes 25 years of 1987 Tibet uprisings
China’s rail line to Shigatse to open a year ahead in 2014
‘Please don’t plan to stay on in exile,’ Tibetans in Tibet tell Special Meeting
The Dalai Lama holds two-day discussions with Vietnamese disciples
Advertisement
Community Hall Project Coordinator - Tibetan Community of New York & New Jersey
Advertisement
Photo Galleries
Advertisement
Phayul.com does not endorse the advertisements placed on the site. It does not have any control over the google ads. Please send the URL of the ads if found objectionable to editor@phayul.com
Copyright © 2004-2016 Phayul.com   feedback | advertise | contact us
Powered by Lateng Online
Advertisement