Himachal Pradesh is all set to get the country’s first railway station inside a tunnel, reports The New Indian Express.
The railway station will be built at the height of 3,000 metres on the strategic Bilaspur-Manali-Leh line close to the Sino-India border making the Keylong station in Himachal Pradesh the first on the railway network to be situated inside a tunnel.
“The Keylong station will be the first such railway station in the country. It will be inside the tunnel according to the first phase of the location survey. As and when the final surveys are completed, there could be many such stations on the route,” D R Gupta, Chief Engineer Construction, Northern Railway was quoted by PTI.
The railway line once completed will reportedly connect all important locations between Leh and Bilaspur like Sundernagar, Manali, Mandi, Koskar, Keylong, Darcha, Karu and Upshi and other towns of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.
The station will be built inside a 27 km long tunnel with the complete project consisting of 74 tunnels, 124 major bridges and 396 minor bridges as per the survey.
The proposed line is would reduce the travel duration between Delhi and Leh from 40 hours to 20, Vishwesh Chaube, General Manager, Northern Railway was reported saying.
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