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Revamp begins on landslide-prone Tibetan highway

(Xinhua)

15:48, July 06, 2012

NYINGCHI, Tibet, July 6 (Xinhua) -- Work began on Friday to repair a pivotal Tibetan highway that has regularly been cut off by landslides and other geological disasters.

The repair will turn the road, which links the plateau region with neighboring Sichuan province, into a safer, cement blacktop road in three years, promised Qin Yizhi, deputy vice-chairman of Tibet's regional government.

The work, the final stage of a highway revamp project in Tibet, would cover two sections of the Sichuan-Tibet highway totalling 24 km in length. These sections are most prone to being hit by landslides, flash floods, and cave-ins, said Tashi Gyatso, chief of Tibet's transport department.

He said the revamp, which is expected to cost 1.46 billion yuan (229 million U.S. dollars), also includes building six new bridges and five tunnels.

The Sichuan-Tibet Highway was created in the 1950s.

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