BEIJING, Oct 31 � China has approved construction of a new strategically important railway line in Tibet which would come close to the Indian border in Arunachal Pradesh, state media reported today, reports PTI.
China has approved the feasibility report for the construction of the railway linking Lhasa to Nyingchi in Tibet, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
This high altitude railway will be the second rail link to be built in Tibet after the Qinghai-Tibet Railway connecting Xining in neighbouring Qinghai province with Tibet�s provincial capital Lhasa which became operational in 2006.
The plans were to construct a rail line linking Lhasa to�Nyingchi�in the east was announced in August. Nyingchi is located right on top of Arunachal, the nearest area to the borders.
In August this year, China inaugurated its extension of railway line in Tibet which come close to the Indian border in Sikkim besides borders of Nepal and Bhutan.
The 253-km railway line costing about $ 2.16 billion linked Tibet�s provincial capital Lhasa with Xigaze, the second-largest city in the Himalayan region. The railway expansion in Tibet will connect Nepal, Bhutan and India by 2020, official report here. China and India have disputes over the eastern part of their border.