Shimla (Dec 26): The Union Railway Ministry after examining the feasibility report for the proposed Bilaspur-Manali-Leh Railway line has forwarded the same to the Planning Commission of India for its approval. This was revealed by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on receipt of a letter from Union Minister of State for Railways E Ahamed, here today.
Dhumal said that the he had drawn the attention of the country towards the vital link of strategically important Bilaspur-Manali-Leh railway line with the national boundaries in Laddakh region keeping in view the communication upgradation by the neighboring country. He said that since the neighboring country had constructed all-weather half-a-dozen railway lines with the national border, which was a matter of great concern keeping in view the inadequate connectivity at the national boundaries.
The Chief Minister said that the proposed railway line was not only strategically important but would also help explore virgin region for tourism activities. He said that private parties had also offered to construct the railway line. He said that the 498-km-long all-weather broad gauge railway line was estimated to cost Rs 22,831 crore.