China Begins First Railway Cargo Service to Tibet
[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 2006/03/04; March 4, 2006.]
Beijing, March 2. (PTI): China has started its first-ever railway cargo service to Tibet, four months ahead of launching a highly-economical passenger train trip along the world's highest railway line to the remote Himalayan region.
Cargo transport, which began operational yesterday, will charge 0.12 yuan (1.4 cents) per kilometre for one tonne of cargo.
Passenger transport, scheduled to begin on July 1, will have different pricing rules.
The luxurious tourist train's ticket price will be decided by the market, which ensures no government interference,' China Daily' reported.
The ticket prices for ordinary trains are being fixed, it said.
With an investment of 24 billion yuan (2.96 billion US dollars), the Qinghai-Tibet Railway from Xining of Qinghai Province to Lhasa, a distance of 1,965 kilometres, is by far the longest railway track with the highest altitude in the world.
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