Electric train in Himalayan kingdom

Published on Aug 29 2010 // Main News

At a time, the government has already failed to its commitments to begin the domestic air services by this October, yet another assumptive project has been designed.

Even a day before the second tender deadline ends, the government has not received any proposal for domestic air services except few inquiries from the individual.

After Indian government withdrew from the rail project connecting Hasimara with Phuentsholing, Bhutan is mulling for electrical railway along the southern border joining upcoming towns, hydropower projects and industrial centers across Samtse and Samdrup Jongkhar

The strategic assessment documents for the 6,000 MW Punatsangchu Basin and the Dham Dhum Industrial estate in Samtse recommend an electric train within Bhutan’s southern borders.

The train will draw power from the current and future hydro projects. The Dham Dhum report says that by 2014 the electric railway will have been planned and a feasibility study carried out.

Though some part of the railway will be going through national parks, it is not expected to pose any threat to wildlife due to speed restrictions in conservation areas.