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Construction of World's Highest Railway Station to Begin in Tibet

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 01/06/13; June 13, 2001.]

BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom; Jun 13, 2001.

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency)

Nagqu (Tibet), 13 June: The designed Nagqu Railway Station of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway will be the highest of its kind in the world with an elevation of 4,500 m. The railway station will be located in a village 2 km west of Nagqu Town.

Construction of the Nagqu section is considered the most difficult one of the whole project as the region lacks oxygen. At present, preparation for the station is well under way, said Goinbo Zhaxi, party secretary of the Nagqu Prefecture.

Local herdsmen have never seen a train before. "It will be convenient to go to Lhasa and other parts of the country when the railway line starts operation," a villager named Zhaluo said.

The 1,118-km railway will extend from Lhasa, capital of Tibet, to Golmud in neighbouring Qinghai Province. Tibet is the last region in China which has no access to railways. The absence of a modern transportation system has impeded economic development in the region. "Operation of the railway is sure to accelerate economic growth in the prefecture," Goinbo Zhaxi said.


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