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Work To Begin On Shigatse Rail Link

(Xinhua)

Construction is expected to begin during 2008 on the 254-kmextensionline of Qinghai-Tibet railway linking the cities of Lhasa and Shigatse (Chin:Xigaze). The line is expected to be completed by 2010 at a cost of US$1.42bn(UK721.4m; EUR960.5m) state media reported. "Experts are still working on thedesigns and environmental assessments of the extension line and, thegovernmentofficials have started calculating compensation to those who will lose theirland and properties to the railway", Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) chairman,Qiangba Puncog said in Lhasa..


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