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Construction of Lhasa-Nyingchi railway begins

Updated: Dec 19,2014 6:14 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — Work on a railway that will link Lhasa, capital of Tibet autonomous region, and Nyingchi, in the east of the region, has started, according to China Railway Corp on Dec 19.

According to the plan approved by the National Development and Reform Commission, the Lhasa to Nyingchi section of the Sichuan-Tibet railway will stretch for 402 kilometers from Nyingchi to Xierong.

The project will cost 36.6 billion yuan ($6 billion) and take seven years to complete. State-owned China Railway Corp will build and operate the line.

The Qinghai-Tibet railway began operation in 2006, introducing rail transportation into Tibet for the first time in history. The railway links Xining, capital of Qinghai province, with Lhasa.