BEIJING -- Chinese Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan said the management of the
Qinghai-Tibet railway should be further improved to ensure safe operation and
better environmental protection.
Zeng made the remarks at the 10th meeting of the Qinghai-Tibet railway
construction group held on July 7 and 8, on which the project of the
Golmud-Lhasa section passed national acceptance review.
The railway stretches 1,956 kilometers from Xining, capital of Qinghai, to
Lhasa, capital of Tibet, with the project of the 1,142-kilometer Golmud-Lhasa
section being built from 2001 to 2006. The Xining-Golmud section was completed
Since going into operation in July 2006, the railway had carried 2.6 million
passengers and 13 million tons of cargo, going through the test of seasonal
changes without serious accidents, said Zeng.
Managing the railway is "more difficult and arduous" than building it, said
Zeng, adding that railway departments should improve their services and
Safety measures and environmental protection work must be strengthened along
The opening of the railway should be considered as a rare opportunity for
social and economic development of Qinghai province and Tibet Autonomous Region,
Every day, a total of eight passenger trains and two cargo trains run in both
directions on the railway, with 960 kilometers of the track being 4,000 meters
above sea level and 550 kilometers running over unstable permafrost which is
prone to heaving.
Temperatures high up on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau can drop to minus 45
degrees in the winter.