Steady progress made in building high-elevation railway in Tibet

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Beijing

Steady progress has been registered in the difficult construction of the Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway — a high-elevation railway in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region.
By Monday, construction of the railway linking the regional capital city of Lhasa and Nyingchi some 400 kilometers away proceeded to the fourth of the 34 stations along the line.
As the rail tracks have been extended to the Tsetang Station in the Nagarze County of Shannan, 90.3 km of the 435 km Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway has been finished.
The Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway is a section of the Sichuan-Tibet Railway, which will soon become the second railway to Tibet from the inland. Built in four sections — Lhasa to Nyingchi, Chengdu to Ya’an, Ya’an to Kangding, and Kangding to Nyingchi, the Sichuan-Tibet Railway is under busy construction. Once completed, it will shorten the time it takes to get from the inland to Lhasa to around seven to eight hours.
About 75 percent of the railway on the high plateau are bridges and tunnels and it is expected to be completed in 2020.
In building the railway, the workers have to cope with challenges of hypoxia, the long rainy season and complicated geological conditions.
“The workers have been braving safety risks as it is very easy for them to become tired after longtime intensive work in the oxygen-deficient environment. In addition, wind can blow up to 62-74km/h in the dry windy season in the Yajiang Valley along the Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway, which also poses risks to workers working at high positions,” said Liu Jun, a Party official of the Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway Project of China Railway 11th Bureau Group.—CCTV-PLUS

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