China Daily (Canada) - - XINJIANG -

Pre­lim­i­nary con­struc­tion of a rail­way from Gol­mud in Qing­hai prov­ince to Kuerle in the Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion be­gan on Sun­day, re­gional rail au­thor­i­ties said.

The 1,214 km­elec­tricpow­ered link tra­verses Xin­jiang’s Al­tun Moun­tain. It is ex­pected to be com­pleted in five years at a cost of 37.6 bil­lion yuan ($6.13 bil­lion). The rail­way will han­dle eight pairs of pas­sen­ger trains a day and 26 mil­lion metric tons of cargo a year.

The rail­way is the third one link­ing Xin­jiang to the in­land prov­inces, other than the Lanzhou (Gansu prov­ince)-Xin­jiang and Hami-Ejin (In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion) lines. It forms part of the re­gional rail net­work and a sig­nif­i­cant link in the over­land en­ergy route to­wardwest Asia.

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