The Indian Railways will kick off the final location survey of the 498 km long Bilaspur-Manali-Leh line at Leh in Jammu and Kashmir in June 2017. The estimated cost of the survey is Rs. 157.77 crore and is funded by the defence ministry. The proposed new rail line will connect all important locations between Bilaspur and Leh namely Sunder Nagar Mandi, Manali, Tandi, Keylong, Koksar, Darcha, Upshi and Karu. The final location survey has been entrusted to RITES. The survey will be carried out in three phases and is slated to be completed by 2019.
Extracted from ET, June 25,’17