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Railway Eyes Rail Link To China

PATNA, Mar 10: The Indian Railways is studying a proposal to construct a high-speed rail link which will ultimately link the country with China in the future. China has too shown a keen interest to have rail link with India through Manipur areas. At present, China is carrying out a major railway project on its borders to establish a link with India. The proposed rail link between these two giants of Asia is likely to improve further business and trades between them.

According to a Railway Board official, the Indian Railways has already started its initial preparations to provide a rail link on the Jiribam -Moreh route linking Manipur and Myanmar. The railways has been laying broad gauge ( BG) rail lines from Jiribam in south-western Manipur to Moreh on the border of Myanmar, he said, adding this route will connect with the proposed track link being built on the India-Myanmar borders.

The Board official said that an established rail link between India and Myanmar is bound to help these two countries for carrying more shipment and transportation of goods easily to China. According to a report, India s largest trade partner is China in Asia registering about $ 60 billion worth trades last year alone, he said.

According to sources, the railways consider Myanmar as an important regional hub for the railways connecting China and India. China has been trying for long to have its south-western regions develop rail link with parts of Myanmar.

India is equally keen to make trans-Asian rail project successful in the larger interests of both China and India, sources said, adding the Indian Railways has worked out its plan under the Look East policy providing rail link through Silchar-Imphal-Moreh route to China. According to sources, the railways have decided to complete two major rail projects in the eastern region. While it will develop outskirts of Imphal city for road purpose, it is keen to make Moreh a centre place for import and export.

China wants to build a high-speed rail link to most of the south-western cities, including New Delhi, sources said. Recently, China reached an agreement with several Central Asian countries to go ahead with the ambitious trans-Asian rail project connecting it directly to India, Pakistan, Iraq, Singapore, Russia and other European countries.

However, China s most important proposal is to build a rail line from Kunming located in south-western Yunnan province in Myanmar to New Delhi, sources said.

(Courtesy: Kumod Verma, TNN)

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