Indian Railways has said that 91.78 per cent of the Jiribam-Imphal rail project work is completed. It says that construction of 48 of the 52 tunnels and six of the 11 stations have been completed.
Of the 11 major bridges, substructures of seven and superstructures of five have been completed while 101 of the 129 minor bridges are also ready, the Railways mentioned in its report on the progress of the railway project.
The report also mentioned that the work of the world's tallest railway bridge is going on in full swing; the bridge’s height will be a towering 141 metres, making it the tallest pier rail bridge in the world.
The 111 km Jiribam to Imphal railway project is to connect the remote North-Eastern state with the rest of India by rail. The railway will reduce the travel time between Assam and Manipur to two-and-half hours from the current 12 hours’ drive.
The Jiribam-Imphal Railway line will be the harbinger of prosperity in Manipur, with a boost to tourism and socio-economic development in the region, the Railway Ministry said in a Twitter post.
The railway section from Jiribam to Khongsang has been commissioned.
The project, with an estimated cost of Rs 12,264.15 crore, is set to be completed by December 2023.