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China to bring railway to Kanlho prefecture

March 23, 2009

Tibetan Review
March 20, 2009

China is to begin building later this year a
railway to link the Gannan (Tibetan: Kanlho)
Prefecture in Gansu province to its capital
Lanzhou, reported China’s official Xinhua news
agency Mr 18. It said the 174.2-km railway will
cost 8.75 billion yuan (about US $1.3 billion) to
build and will be completed in three years. The
exact route of the railway will be decided before this May.

"We have no railways, flights and water
carriages," Mao Shengwu, head of the prefecture,
was quoted as saying, referring to the lack of
transport infrastructure hampering development.
The aim of the new railway was reported to be to
boost the local economy where stockbreeding is the main industry.

The prefecture’s main cultural centre and tourist
attraction is the 300-year-old Labrang Monastery.

The report said the prefecture’s population was
680,000, with 54 percent being Tibetan.

Several Tibetan counties in the prefecture were
hit by major protests during last year’s Tibet uprising.
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