China to Run First Electric Train in Tibet

China to Run First Electric Train in Tibet

Why in news?

  • China will operationalise first electric train in remote Himalayan region of Tibet.
  • The electric train will connect provincial capital Lhasa with Nyingchi
  • The 435.5-km Lhasa-Nyingchi section of Sichuan-Tibet Railway will be inaugurated ahead of centenary celebrations of ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) on July 1.
  • Nyingchi is a strategically located Tibetan border town close to Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Electricity transmission process has been completed and tested.

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Sichuan-Tibet Railway

  • Sichua n-Tibet railway is a high-elevation railway under construction.
  • It will connect Chengdu (capital of Sichuan) and Lhasa (capital of Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • It is a 1,629 km long line which is going to cut travel time from Chengdu to Lhasa to 13hours from 48.
  • This will be the second railway into Tibet after Qinghai-Tibet Railway.
  • It will go through southeast of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, which is one among world’s most geologically active areas.

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Three segments of railway

  • First segment of the railway called Chengdu-Ya’an, came into operation on December 28, 2018. Second segment of railway named Nyingchi­ Lhasa, will open June 25, 2021.
  • While final segment called Ya’an-Nyingchi, is expected to complete in2030.