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New Delhi : Railways Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu on June 27, 2017, laid the foundation stone for the Final Location Survey of Bilaspur-Manali-Leh New Broad Gauge Line at Leh in the presence of distinguished guests. R K Kulshrestha, General Manager, Northern Railway, and other Senior Railway officials were also present on the occasion.
After the significant progress in the completion of the rail line in Jammu & Kashmir, the Indian Railways endeavours to extend the socio-economic benefits of rail transportation to other remote areas and challenging terrains of the hilly states (HP & J&K) where development is scarce. Amongst the various socially desirable projects in the country, Bilaspur-Mandi-Leh Rail Line (route length 498 km) constitutes great significance. The project is of both strategic and economic, development and tourism importance, with its unique distinction being the highest railway track in the world, according to a PIB release.
Leh is the most important town in Ladakh region of J&K having approximately 1.5 lakh population. It has a high footfall of Indian and foreign tourists each year. The district Leh is the second largest district in the country with elaborate Army Establishments and is the Headquarters of 14 corps. In order to connect Leh with a broad gauge railway line with the rest of the country, Indian Railway have taken up Final Location Survey, according to the PIB release.