INR 22,318 Crore 498 Kms ​World’s Highest Railway Line BILASPUR GHUMARWIN SUNDERNAGAR MANDI PANDOH AUT BHUNTER KULLU NAGGAR MANALI ROHTANG SISSU KEYLONG LEH BROAD GAUGE RAIL TRACK Survey to commence at Leh , India , Himalayas on 27 June 2017 finally after initial nod in 2011-12. The final location survey by Railway minister Suresh Prabhu on 27 June 2017. The cost has been estimated at INR 22,318 Crore . BILASPUR ( Main Junction Connected to Bhanupalli Punjab or Kalka Shimla ) – MANDI ( Main Junction connected to Jogindernagar )  – PANDOH – AUT – BHUNTER – KULLU – NAGGAR – MANALI – ROHTANG – SISSU – TANDI – KEYLONG – JISPA – DARCHA – BARALACHALA – SARCHU – LACHALAUNGLA – PANG – DEBRING – TANGLANG LA – RUMTSE – UPSHI ( MAIN JUNCTION ) – CHANG-KARU – RABIRPORA – THICKSEY – SHEY – SINDHUGHAT – CHOGLAMSHAHR – LEH ( MAIN JUNCTION ) . The Strategically important Rail Track will be at priority and also tourism in Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh will improve and facilitate quicker movement of troops and equipment. Following an examination of the feasibility report for the proposed Bilaspur–Mandi–Leh line, the Union Railway Ministry of India had earlier forwarded the recommendation to the Planning Commission of India for its approval. The survey for the project had been done and has been approved  by planning commission of India and while railway minister assured about early commensement of this project & also going to commence final location survey on June 27 , 2017.Northern Railways has begun the process of acquiring land for setting up office in Leh.Survey – doneFeasibility Report – doneSubmission to Planning Commission for appraisal – doneApproval by Planning Commission – yesLand Acquisition – To StartConstruction – No

World’s Highest Rail Track BILASPUR ( Main Junction Connection to Bhanupalli Punjab or Kalka Shimla ) – MANDI ( Main Junction connected to Jogindernagar )  – PANDOH – AUT – BHUNTER – KULLU – NAGGAR – MANALI – ROHTANG – SISSU – TANDI – KEYLONG – JISPA – DARCHA – BARALACHALA – SARCHU – LACHALAUNGLA – PANG – DEBRING – TANGLANG LA – RUMTSE – UPSHI ( MAIN JUNCTION ) – CHANG-KARU – RABIRPORA – THICKSEY – SHEY – SINDHUGHAT – CHOGLAMSHAHR – LEH ( MAIN JUNCTION CONNECTION TO SRINAGAR PLANNED )
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Survey To Commence At Leh

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will inaugurate the work for the final location survey on June 27.

The total expected length of Bilaspur–Mandi–Leh line is almost 500 km (310 miles). It would become the highest railway track in the world, overtaking the current record of China’s Qinghai–Tibet Railway. The Railway Budget 2011-2012 announced that the project would be taken up in the next year’s budget. The next year’s Railway Budget announced that the project was sent to the Planning Commission for appraisal. As of September 2016, Northern Railways has begun the process of acquiring land for setting up office in Leh.

History
The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh asked the Government of India to extend railway connectivity from Bilaspur to Leh through Mandi, Manali and Keylong. This would increase tourism in Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh and facilitate quicker movement of troops and equipment. Following an examination of the feasibility report for the proposed Bilaspur–Mandi–Leh line, the Union Railway Ministry of India forwarded the recommendation to the Planning Commission of India for its approval.[8] The survey for the project had been done and presently it is seeking approval of the planning commission of India and while railway minister assured about early clearance of this project.

Strategic importance
Once this railway line is completed, Leh will be directly connected to Himachal Pradesh and the rest of India by railway. The distance between Bilaspur and Leh will be about 500 km (310 mi). When the railway lines to Bilaspur and then to Leh are completed, the time taken to reach Leh from Delhi will be reduced to less than two days compared to about four days by the existing highway from Manali. Personnel and equipment will be transported more easily to Leh, a strategic military base. This is one of the four important railway connectivity along China border identified by the Defence Ministry.

Uncertainty due to paucity of funds
The Bhanupalli (Punjab) to Bilaspur rail link is currently under construction but hardly any funds have been allocated and almost no progress was made as of 2013. There has been a demand to lay the railway line to Bilaspur from Kalka railhead instead of laying it from Bhanupalli. Therefore, the alignment and the fate of the proposed railway line to Leh is very uncertain. The railways are short of funds to the extent of more than four hundred billion rupees for the existing projects in hand as of 2013.

Indian Railways has estimated that the entire project is estimate to cost INR 22,318 Crore.

Current Status

Survey To Commence At Leh

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will inaugurate the work for the final location survey on June 27.

In December 2016, Government of India had 73 roads being constructed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China and has identified 14 strategic border area railway line projects. The following four – will be taken up as the priority basis as the first phase: Bilaspur Manali-Leh (498 km) section of Pathankot-Leh strategic raillway along the Himachal-J&K border, Missamari-Tenga-Tawang (378 km) along Bhutan-Arunachal border, North Lakhimpur-Bame-Silapathar (249 km) along Assam-Arunachal border, and Murkongselek-Pasighat-Tezu-Rupai (227 km) along Assam-Arunachal border. The 498 km Bilaspur-Manali-Leh rail project has been expedited and the Final Location Survey (FLS) for this has been undertaken at a cost of Rs 345 crore. The railway had requested the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh (LAHDC) to provide adequate land for setting up a camp office, and the required infrastructure.[11] IN April 2017, Government said that the Final location Suervey (FSL) for these will be completed by the October 2020.[12]

In addition to the above 4 lines commenced in 2016, two more strategic lines were approved in May 2017 for construction: Dehradun-Uttarkashi and Rishikesh-Karan-Prayag-Chamoli under religious tourism to connect Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath in Uttrakhand.

The remaining 8 strategic railway projects are: Patti-Ferozpur[13] in Punjab, Jodhpur-Jaisalmer doubling of the existing line in Rajasthan, Tanakpur-Bageshwar[14] in Uttrakhand. Jammu-Akhnoor-Poonch[15] in K&K along line-of-control, Chattargarh-Hanumangargh-Motigarh-Anupgargh-Bikaner[16] from Sirsa in Haryana to along Rajasthan border, Tanakpur-Joljibi[17] in Uttrakhand to China border, Jodhpur-Phulsund[18] in Rajasthan, Srinagar-Kargil-Leh[19] along line of control in J&K.[20]

Taglangla station Edit
 

Taglang La Pass

Taglangla station at Taglang La is expected to become the highest railway station in the world at 5,359 m (17,582 ft) above the sea level overtaking the current record of Tanggula Railway Station in China at 5,086 m (16,686 ft).

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Challenge
After Jammu–Baramulla line, Bilaspur–Mandi–Leh line will be the most challenging railway project in Indian Railways due to high mountains, a large number of tunnels and high bridges and severe cold weather.[original research?] According to the survey report, cost of construction of this 498 km (309 mi) long all weather broad gauge railway line has been calculated at Rs 22,831 crore with a negative rate of return of 4.46%.[21] However, it is uncertain when the construction would start, if at all.
The locations covered in Bhanupalli – Bilaspur – Mandi- Leh line

To Srinagar (planned)

0 Leh
Choglamshahr
Sindhughat
Shey
Thicksey
Rabirpora
Chang-Karu
Upshi-Junction
Rumtse
Taglang La
Debring
Pang
Lachalungla
Sarchu
Baralachala
Dharcha
Jispa
Keylong
Tandi
Sissu
Rohtang Hault
Manali
Naggar
Kullu
Bhuntar
Aut
Pandoh

To Joginder Nagar

Mandi-Junction

Bilaspur-Junction

Sources :
Wikipedia 

NDTV 

Google News

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INR 22,318 Crore 498 Kms ​World’s Highest Railway Line BILASPUR GHUMARWIN SUNDERNAGAR MANDI PANDOH AUT BHUNTER KULLU NAGGAR MANALI ROHTANG SISSU KEYLONG LEH BROAD GAUGE RAIL TRACK Survey to commence at Leh , India , Himalayas on 27 June 2017 finally after initial nod in 2011-12. The final location survey by Railway minister Suresh Prabhu on 27 June 2017. The cost has been estimated at INR 22,318 Crore . BILASPUR ( Main Junction Connected to Bhanupalli Punjab or Kalka Shimla ) – MANDI ( Main Junction connected to Jogindernagar )  – PANDOH – AUT – BHUNTER – KULLU – NAGGAR – MANALI – ROHTANG – SISSU – TANDI – KEYLONG – JISPA – DARCHA – BARALACHALA – SARCHU – LACHALAUNGLA – PANG – DEBRING – TANGLANG LA – RUMTSE – UPSHI ( MAIN JUNCTION ) – CHANG-KARU – RABIRPORA – THICKSEY – SHEY – SINDHUGHAT – CHOGLAMSHAHR – LEH ( MAIN JUNCTION ) . The Strategically important Rail Track will be at priority and also tourism in Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh will improve and facilitate quicker movement of troops and equipment. Following an examination of the feasibility report for the proposed Bilaspur–Mandi–Leh line, the Union Railway Ministry of India had earlier forwarded the recommendation to the Planning Commission of India for its approval. The survey for the project had been done and has been approved  by planning commission of India and while railway minister assured about early commensement of this project & also going to commence final location survey on June 27 , 2017.Northern Railways has begun the process of acquiring land for setting up office in Leh.Survey – doneFeasibility Report – doneSubmission to Planning Commission for appraisal – doneApproval by Planning Commission – yesLand Acquisition – To StartConstruction – No