Beijing: China on Friday started operation of the first fully electric bullet train in the remote Himalayan region of Tibet that will connect the provincial capital Lhasa and Niyangchi. Niyangchi is a border town of Tibet located close to Arunachal Pradesh. The 435.5-km-long Lhasa-Nyangchi section of the Sichuan-Tibet Railway was inaugurated on July 1 ahead of the centenary celebrations of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC).
Official News Agency ‘Xinhua’ reported that the first electric-powered railway in the Tibet Autonomous Region began on Friday morning, with the “Fuxing” link between Lhasa and Niyangchi. Bullet trains started official operations in the plateau region.
Qian Feng, director of the research department of the National Strategy Institute at Xinghua University, told the official daily ‘Global Times’. He had said in the past, “If there is a scenario of crisis on the China-India border, then this railway will greatly facilitate the delivery of strategic material to China.”