Bhairabi-Sairang railway project achieves 91% progress
DIMAPUR — The Bhairabi-Sairang new line railway project to connect the Northeastern state of Mizoram to the rest of the country is at an advance stage of completion. The project once completed would mark the dawn of a new era in terms of communication and commerce in the Northeastern region of the country especially in Mizoram.
The Bhairabi–Sairang project aims to create an additional 51.38 km of railway track in the Mizoram state of Northeast India. The project has already achieved physical progress of 91%, informed NFR chief PRO, Sabyasachi De.
He informed that construction of the Bhairabi–Sairang railway project involves multiple tunnels and bridges in tough terrains. The total length of tunnels in this project is 12853 meters out of which 12710 meters tunneling works has already been completed. The project will have total 55 major bridges and 87 minor bridges, out of which work for 12 major bridges and 85 minor bridges have been completed so far.
The work of construction of the tallest pier of the project (i.e. Pier P-4 of bridge no. 196) in the approach of Sairang station has also been completed. Height of the pier is 104 meter, which is 42 meter taller than the Qutub Minar. The project also includes 7 road over bridge and nine road under bridge.
Though there are many challenges in execution of the project such as very less working season due to very heavy and prolonged monsoons, very tough and hilly terrain through deep forests, poor accessibility, non-availability of construction materials and skilled labor in Mizoram etc., it stated that NFR is making all efforts for fulfilling its commitment of earliest commissioning of the project.
The new rail project would provide enhanced connectivity to the people of the Mizoram, help grow small scale industries in the area and boost tourism of the state. People of the region will get long distance access across the country and uninterrupted supply of essential goods at low costs can be done to Mizoram to cater to the needs of the people, the statement read.