Imphal:The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has successfully launched open web steel girders along the 555-m-long and over 100-m-high rail bridge over Barak river as part of the upcoming Jiribam-Imphal railway line in Manipur’s Tamenglong district.
Declared as a national project, the latest development is termed as a significant milestone for Manipur that will connect it to the rest of the country by rail network.
With this, Manipur will soon take its position on the Indian Railways’ map.
According to the NFR, once the rail line is completed which has been targeted for March 2022, the 111-km-long Jiribam-Imphal line will help in connectivity and improving the economic scenario of Manipur.
“A major milestone in connecting Manipur to rest of the country through railway network,” NFR tweeted.
The first-ever rail line project along Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal new broad gauge line in Manipur was awarded in 2008 at a cost of Rs 13,809 crore, having to build India’s tallest pier rail bridge over Barak river in Tamenglong district.
The bridge, as per reports, will have a pier height of 141m, which is as twice as the height of Quitab Minar in Delhi.
As per reports, the alignment of the 111-k- long railway line of Jiribam to Imphal will pass through several tunnels and bridges owing to the hilly terrain and rivers. Altogether, the railway ministry will be making 52 tunnels along with 149 bridges for the new rail line project, the longest being 10.28 km.
Moreover, the national rail transporter will develop around 10 railway stations in order to maintain smooth operations, reports said.
Three Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) — IIT Kanpur, IIT Roorkee and IIT Guwahati — were roped in for the national railway project for technical support.