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Transport | February 2014

Manipur to construct longest railway tunnel

 Manipur is set to construct the highest rail tun-nel,to bridge distances between Jiribam sub-division with Tupul in Tamenglong district near capital Imphal. Works and Transport Minister Kh. Ratankumar Singh said the railway bridge is being constructed at Khumji village of Noney in Tamenglong district and would be the highest railway bridge once it is completed.

"So far we have visited several tunnel construction sites and this is the fourth one. The railway officials state that the tunnel is one of the most critical ones in the whole project. The length of the tunnel is 39 km. Out of the 39 kms, 14 kms of tunneling has been totally completed," said Singh.

Singh was speaking it during an inspection tour of the tunnels being constructed as part of the Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal railway project. After making spot assessment of the undergoing work of the tunnel, Singh stated that the 141 m high and 703 m long bridge is one of the four major bridges of the railways and it would be the world's highest railway bridge. The construction work of the bridge started in January and it is being targeted for completion within 18 months. The construction can be completed within the stipulated period provided there is no blockade.


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