|Sept. 21, 2016 -- Progress: preliminary work carried out
Yunnan-Tibet Railway goes through Yunnan Province's Shangri-La and Deqin County and Tibet Autonomous Region's Markam County and Zogang County. In Bamda Town, it connects to the Sichuan-Tibet Railway. With a total length of 415 kilometers, 265-kilometer railway is in Tibet Autonomous Region. The total investment is evaluated to be 43.6 billion yuan, while Tibet section's investment is about 27.8 billion yuan.
At present, preliminary work including line alignment is being carried out. Next, Tibet's railway department will accelerate relative work and strive to start its construction work during the 14th Five-Year Plan perild.
Meaning: perfecting Tibet railway network
Tibet's railway network is gradually approaching perfect along with the operation of Qinghai-Tibet Railway and Lhasa-Shigatse Railway as well as the construction of Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway. Since the Qinghai-Tibet Railway is put into operation, Tibet's freight transportation has increased rapidly and it has become the main freight channel.
Tibet adjoins Yunnan Province. Compared to highway's season limit and airplane's climate limit, the construction of Yunnan-Tibet Railway will bring more convenient transportation conditions for the passenger and cargo circulation between Tibet Autonomous Region and Yunnan Province.
The rapid development of traffic can reduce transportation cost and then promote the economic development of manufacturing industry. In addition, Yunnan-Tibet Railway is a critical part of China Western Development, which is meaningful for the leapfrog development and long-term peace and order of Tibet.
By: Zhi Xinghua