The world's tallest pier railway bridge, with a height of 141 metres and which is a part of Jiribam-Imphal railway project, has 93.30 per cent completion.
With the completion of the 111-km-long Jiribam-Imphal railway project by December this year, Manipur's capital would come onto the Indian Railways network, making Imphal the fourth capital city in the north-eastern region to have a rail link.
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Northeast Frontier Railway's (NFR) Chief Public Relations Officer Sabyasachi De said that the Rs 14,322 crore project is one of the crucial connectivity projects for the north-eastern region.
The Jiribam-Imphal Railway Project comprises multiple tunnels and bridges in tough terrains stretched at more than 111 km long.
The total length of tunnels in this project is 61.32 km out of which 59.11 km of tunnelling works have already been completed.
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The project will have a total of 11 major bridges and 137 minor bridges. Out of which five major bridges and 101 minor bridges have been completed so far.
After completion of the entire project, the present road journey time of about 10 hours to reach Imphal from Jiribam would be reduced to 2.5 hours by railway.
Assam's main city of Guwahati (adjoining capital city of Dispur), Tripura's capital Agartala, and Arunachal Pradesh's Naharlagun (adjacent to the capital city of Itanagar) are already on the railway network, the NF Railway, CPRO, Sabyasachi De said.