India railways announced its plan to link New Delhi and Ladakh by means of a railway line that will run along the India-China Border. The proposed Bilaspur-Manali-Leh Line would be the world’s highest railway line once launched.
Key Facts –
• The projected cost to construct the 465 km line will be Rs 83,360 crore.
• The railway line will be the world’s highest at 5,360 metres above mean sea level which is comparable to China’s Quinghai-Tibet Railway Line at 2,000 metres.
• The project comprise of 74 tunnels, 124 major bridges, 396 minor bridges and 30 stations on the line.
• Keylong station on the route will be constructed inside a tunnel at the height of 3000 metres which is a first in India.