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Jiribam-Imphal railway line to improve connectivity in the region

ANI | Updated: Nov 23, 2018 23:59 IST

New Delhi [India], Nov 23 (ANI): An ambitious project of a railway line between Jiribam-Imphal in Manipur, which connects Imphal with broad gauge network of the country, is expected to be completed by 2020.
Currently, rigorous work is underway to link Imphal with Jiribam via Tupul. Development of Railway connectivity in the northeast region is the topmost priority of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government.
In the last few years, the region has witnessed major changes in terms of connectivity, as many new railway lines and projects have propelled the development scenario of railways.
Gautam Singh, Deputy Chief Engineer, Imphal NF Railway shed some light on the current project and talked about how it will help boost the overall economy of the state.
"Railway work is happening for the first time in Manipur and through Jiribam it will be connected to Imphal and it will be around 110 km long railway line. It will boost the overall economy of the state and improve the culture. When the railway will come in the region, the culture of the area will change and trade will also change. Presently, materials are coming via road that will come through rail soon. Overall it will economise the trade in Manipur and everything will be cheaper," he said.
The 110 km long Jiribam-Imphal railway line is set through difficult hilly terrains which pass through steep rolling hills and traverse through a number of deep gorges and several rivers flowing at low ground levels.
Within the framework of the railway project a special bridge (bridge no.164) with pillars rising to 141 meters is being constructed which is the tallest in the world considering the height of pillar.
The new railway line has brought a ray of hope amongst the locals as it will now cut down cost and time in traveling, thus making it more convenient for all.
One of the locals commented on the train route which is opening soon and said, "I am happy that the train route is opening soon. Conveyance will be easier now, especially when we have to travel to the capital New Delhi."
The railway line passes through several tunnels and will also have a number of bridges owing to the hilly terrain that it has to cover to reach the Imphal valley.
The Jiribam-Imphal Bridge is situated in Seismic Zone-V and taking all precautions, a site-specific design spectrum has been developed to ensure long-term stability of the bridge.
Keeping in mind the safety measures, the project work is under surveillance of drone cameras, CCTVs, and remote monitoring.
The project was adopted in 2008 and was declared as National Project with a cost of Rs 13,809 crore. The completion of this railway line is expected to boost tourism as well as shore up trade relation between India and the ASEAN countries. (ANI)