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Cargo Service to be Available on World's Highest Railway

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 2006/02/17; February 17, 2006.]

www.chinaview.cn 2006-02-16 20:24:39

LHASA, Feb. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- Cargo transportation will be available as of March on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway -- the highest in the world, an official in charge of the project said Thursday.

The detailed plan for the cargo service has not been confirmed yet, but workers are gearing up comprehensive preparation for a successful operation, said Wu Weizhou, chief of the headquarters of the Qinghai-Tibet railway construction.

The 1,956-km-railway, linking the capital city of Xining in northwest Qinghai Province to Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region, across the 5,000-meter-high mountain ranges, will launch afull-route trial operation on July 1.

Some 5,000 workers are busy building the Lhasa Railway Station,located at a 3,600-meter-high mountain range, and the constructionis expected to be basically finished in May.

The landmark railway project was completed in mid-October last year, which is regarded as a national success in making the out-and-out impossible possible.

The railway will undoubtedly promote cultural and economic exchanges between the landlocked Tibet and the outside world and will enhance the region's self-development capacity.


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