46th tunnel of Jiribam-Imphal railway completed

46th tunnel of Jiribam-Imphal railway completed
The 46th out of 47 tunnels of Jiribam-Imphal railway project inaugurated on Saturday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Feb 23 | Publish Date: 2/23/2020 12:22:23 PM IST

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Sunday lauded officials and engineers of Indian Railway on completion of 46 out of 47 tunnels of the Jiribam-Imphal railway project.

“Congratulate all the concerned officials and engineers of the @RailMinIndia for their skills and untiring efforts completing 46 tunnels out of 47 numbers and rail length of 55.729 km out of 61.028 km total,” the chief minister posted in his Facebook account. 

He added that now only 5.299 km length was left to connect Imphal by 2021. 

“Difficulties faced by the officials in such a difficult terrain are commendable and also the highest railways bridge will be in our state,” he added.

The Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal New Line Project was taken up as national project with the latest revised estimated Rs 13,000 crore. The line will have 148 bridges, India’s tallest railway pier bridge, and 47 tunnels including.

The 46th tunnel was inaugurated by chairman of Railway Board VK Yadav at Marangching in Noney district on Saturday.

Speaking to reporters at the inauguration, Yadav said that the construction of India’s tallest railway pier bridge will be completed ahead of its scheduled target of March 2022.

“We would like to complete the tallest bridge before the scheduled (March 2020),” the chairman said.

The pier railway bridge near the Noney district headquarters is one of the world’s tallest railway bridges with a height of 141 metres. The total estimated cost of the railway bridge is Rs 280 crores, he said. 

The chairman said that all  tunnels of the project, except the longest one, have been completed. 

He maintained that the longest tunnel which is being under construction was the most critical one. 

“It will take time, but we are making our best effort to complete the entire railway project in Manipur before December 2021,” he declared.

Indian Railways’ Jiribam-Imphal rail line project is said to be a major milestone in connecting the state of Manipur to the rest of India through the Indian Railways network. 

The railway line declared as a national project was taken up in the year 2008 at a cost of Rs 13,809 crore.

Earlier, the railway line project between Jiribam and Imphal, connecting the capital city of Imphal with the broad gauge network was said to be expected to be completed by 2020. 

The bridge number 164 of the railway line project is said to be the tallest girder railway bridge of the rail network. It is said to have a pier height almost twice as high as Qutub Minar in New Delhi- 141 metres. 

Three IITs of the country – Roorkee, Kanpur, and Guwahati are also associated with this project in terms of technical support and proof-checking of designs to make the bridge sustainable and cost-efficient.

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