China to build three railways in Tibet
Updated: 2006-06-29 12:42
The Chinese government is to build three more railway lines in Tibet as
extensions of the newly-completed Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the official People's
Daily said in its overseas edition Thursday.
The new lines would link the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, with Nyingchi to the
east, and Xigaze to the west, while the third will link Xigaze with Yadong, a
major trading town on the China-India border.
The report gave no source, but an earlier report by the China News Service
quoted an official with the Tibet Autonomous Region.
The new lines would be built in 10 years, and increase Tibet's total railway
length to more than 2,000 kilometers, the report said.
The Qinghai-Tibet Railway, running more than 1,100 kilometers from Gormo in
neighboring Qinghai Province to Lhasa, will open on July 1.
It is believed the first railway in Tibet will greatly boost the development
of Tibet and its exchanges with other Chinese regions.
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