(TibetanReview.net, Mar06’21) – Building roads and later on airports and railway lines has been particularly important for China during its invasion of Tibet, consolidation of its occupation rule, and maintaining internal security there as well as for projecting power into neigbouring countries, especially India. It is therefore not surprising that the local Chinese government of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) alone is planning to spend about 190 billion yuan (about $29.3 billion) in the 2021-2025 period on transportation infrastructure projects there.
The money will be used on building new expressways, upgrading existing highways and improving the road conditions in rural areas, among other fields, reported China’s official Xinhua news agency Mar 6, citing the regional transportation department.
The report said that by 2025, the total mileage of highways in TAR will exceed 120,000 km, and that of expressways will exceed 1,300 km.
The report cited a statement from the regional transportation department as saying that a comprehensive transport system that is convenient, fair, shared, safe and green will generally take shape by 2025.
With strong support from the central government, the region’s transportation infrastructure saw marked improvement in the 2016-2020 period. Its road network reached a total length of 118,800 km at the end of last year, up over 50 percent from the end of 2015, the report added.