China has operationalised its first fully electrified bullet train in the remote Himalayan region of Tibet, connecting the provincial capital Lhasa and Nyingchi.
The 435.5-km Lhasa-Nyingchi section of the Sichuan-Tibet Railway has been inaugurated ahead of the centenary celebrations of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) on July 1.
The Sichuan-Tibet Railway will be the second railway into Tibet after the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. It will go through the southeast of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, one of the world’s most geologically active areas.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a crucial meeting with 14 leaders, including four former chief ministers, to chalk out the future course of action in the union territory.
This was the first interaction between the Central leadership and the mainstream parties since August 5, 2019, when the Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 and bifurcated it into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
The prime minister was accompanied by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha. The participants included leaders from eight parties, including the National Conference, the PDP, the BJP and the Congress.