Sunday, October 2, 2022

Railway project in Mnp will boost tourism: MoS

Correspondent

Jiribam-Imphal railway project, with many special features, will be a game changer in the tourism industry in Manipur, said Union minister of state for railways and textiles Darshana Vikram Jardosh here on Thursday.
Jardosh, who was in Imphal on a four-day visit in the state, inspected physical progress work of the 111 km railway line project taken up in an estimated cost of Rs 12,264.15 crore on Wednesday.
Addressing the media in Imphal before winding up his official tour, the Union minister said that she was impressed with the progress of the project.
The project was targeted to complete by December 2023 and I am sure the project will meet its completion target,” she said confidently.
She said that the construction of the highest bridge as well as the tunnels is now 50% completed. Once the project is completed, besides opening a new chapter in the connectivity in Manipur, it will also act as a game changer in the tourism industry.
She said the project components like world’s highest railway bridge and second longest railway tunnel will be tourist attraction centres.
Each and every railway station of the project was also be designed to attract tourists. The Imphal railway station will also be a world class station once it is completed.
There is natural attractiveness in every station of the railway projects keeping in view of tourism development in the state, she said.
Asserting that the project is in progress despite the hindrances, the Union minister lauded the Manipur government for its full cooperation extended to the NFR in the implementation of the project.
Jardosh also said that Indian Railways always takes into account tourism while implementing railway projects and the project implemented in the state has a great tourism potential.
Recalling the recent devastating landslide tragedy at the railway project site at Marangching in Noney district, the Union minister said that all safety measures to prevent occurrence of such tragic incidents will be put in place along the whole stretch of the railway line.
Advance alarm systems will be installed at strategic locations, she said, adding that railway authorities have consulted with the IIT and other pertinent authorities for installation of advance warning detection.
She said that the Union railway ministry took the tragic incident seriously and was always concerned about the safety of the passengers, she added.
The Jiribam-111 km long Tupul-Imphal rail line involves construction of a total 45 tunnels. Tunnel Number 12 with a length of 10.280 kilometres, will be the longest tunnel in the northeast and second in the country. The tallest pier bridge is being developed across the valley of river Ijei near Noney with a pier height of 141 metres.
Attending the press conference, general manager Anshul Gupta of NFR said the track lying work upto Khongsang will be completed by September this year and train services will be started upto the completed portion.
He said all safety measures and a tragic warning system of the latest technology will be installed and consultants have been appointed for this purpose.
Responding to queries from the reporters, he said that the survey for the extension of the railway from Imphal to Moreh has already started and once the survey is completed, the ground work will commence as soon as the Central government sanctions the project.