Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal rail-line project likely to over shoot 2019 deadline

Even though year 2019 has been set as the renewed deadline for completion of the Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal rail-line project, rail connectivity is likely to be delayed for another couple of years.
Concerned railway Officials cited various obstacles or hindrances, frequent bandh and blockades as reasons for not being able to complete the project as per the stepulated target of completion.
Earlier Union minister of state for railways assured that the 111 kms long Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal rail-line project would be completed by 2019.
The ongoing railway line project was started way back in 2008. Construction of the project is going on under an estimated cost of Rs 13,809 Crores. The project was taken up under two sections- Imphal to Tupul and Jiribam to Tupul. Construction of Tunnels along the Jiribam-Tupul has almost been completed While Construction of Tunnels along the Tupul-Imphal is going on in full swing.
Construction of 641 mtrs long Tunnel no 2 and 1289 mtrs long tunnel no 4 along the Tupul-Imphal section has been completed by June this year. Construction of Tunnel no 3 at Marang ching is targetted to be completed by 2019 while construction of the longest tunnel no 12 along Tupul-Imphal section is now going on in full swing. Coastal project ltd is engaged for construction of the 9.3 kms long tunnel no 12 which originates from Saheibung in Kangpokpi district. Of the total length of 9.3 kms of the tunnel, removal of earth for a length of 210 mtrs has been completed. Despite hectic work, construction of most of the tunnels along Tupul-Imphal section is yet to be completed, said the source.
According Coastal Project Ltd Liason officer Mr Prem, Tunnel no 12 is the longest one among the tunnels lying along the Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal rail-line. Removal of earth from the tunnel is carried out from two opposite directions. Removal of earth from the tunnel has been completed by 210 metres stretch, he said.
“We are working hard to complete the project within the stepulated completion target. However, progress of the work has been delayed due to various obstacles, frequent bandh and blockades in the stste from time to time, ” he said and sought public support for completion of the project within the sheduled target.
He said completion target of Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal rail-line project has been extended till December 2020. Construction of the World’s highest railway bridge (141 mtrs) along the Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal rail-line is going on.
The railwsy project adopted in 2008 was declared as National Project with a cost of Rs 13,809 crore. Three IITs (Kanpur, Roorkee and Guwahati) are also associated with this ambitious Indian Railways project by means of technical support and proof-checking of designs to build the bridge cost-efficient and maintainable, said a source.
The 111-km-long Jiribam-Imphal railway line passed through steep rolling hills of the Patkai region and had to traverse through a number of deep gorges and over several rivers flowing at low ground levels. He said it is imperative to construct 52 tunnels and 149 bridges, crossing 10 stations to sustain a suitable gradient for efficient operation of railway services.
Within the framework of the railway project a special bridge (bridge no.164) with pillars rising to 141 metres is being constructed which is the tallest in the world from the point of view of pillar height. The Jiribam-Imphal bridge was situated in seismic zone-v and in view of this all precautions, particularly a site-specific design spectrum, had been developed to ensure long-term stability of the bridge. For safety measure, the works are under surveillance of drone cameras, CCTVs, and remote monitoring.The government of India is dealing with this project strategically to strengthen the trade with ASEAN countries and helpful to military operations and tourism development.

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