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Railway To Transport Tibet's Rich Mineral Water Resources To China


Phayul Thursday, June 15, 2006


Geologists have discovered another massive source of mineral water along the Qinghai-Tibet railway in the Chinese-occupied Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), reported Xinhua, the Chinese government-owned news agency. The mineral water source in Damxung (Tibetan: Damshung) County can produce 3,000 tons of drinking water a day, according to TAR geological and minerals exploitation bureau.

The discovery is the largest of more than 100 mineral water sources found along the route of the controversial Qinghai-Tibet railway. The report quoted Lu Yan, a senior engineer with the bureau as saying that areas along the Qinghai-Tibet railway are rich in lead, zinc, copper and mineral water resources. He also said bottling of the Damxung mineral water could generate an annual output value of one billion yuan (125 million U.S. dollars).

"We have been thinking about what can be transported from Tibet to inland areas of China along the railway, now we find it's mineral water," Lu was quoted as saying in the report.

He further said, "Development of Tibet's mineral water resources will not only contribute to cargo transportation on the railway, it will also increase the value of local mineral water resources". The report said a daily output of 3,000 tons of mineral water could fill 50 train cars.


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