GUWAHATI: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Darshana Jardosh, Union Minister of State of Railways & Textiles, on Thursday co-chaired a meeting to review the progress of the Jiribam-Imphal New Railway line project at Imphal.
During the review meeting it was decided to keep the momentum of work in full pace to meet the already set timeline in co-ordination with the State Government.
A press release stated that despite the unfortunate landslide which happened near the railway project in the Noney district and various other challenges, the entire Railway workforce has been working relentlessly to expedite the completion of the Jiribam-Imphal railway line. Anshul Gupta, General Manager of Northeast Frontier (NF) Railway and other senior railway and State Government officials were also present during the review meeting.
Earlier on Wednesday, Darshana Jardosh inspected various construction sites along with Anshul Gupta and other senior railway officials.
The Jiribam-Imphal project is at a stretch of 110 km in length. The commissioning of the project has been planned in four phases. In phase-I the section from Jiribam to Vangaichungpao (12 km) has already been commissioned in March, 2017. Phase-II from Vangaichungpao to Khongsang (44 km) work has already been completed, phase-III and phase-IV from Khongsang to Tupul (29 km) and Tupul to Imphal (26 km) are targeted to be completed by March, 2023 and December, 2023 respectively. The anticipated cost of the complete project is around Rs 14,322 crores. In the current financial year, Rs 1,300 crore is planned to be invested in the project.
The Jiribam-Imphal project will cover all the major districts of Manipur - Jiribam, Tamenglong, Noney, Kangpokpi and Imphal West. It will have 11 major bridges and 129 minor bridges and will run via 11 stations in this route. Presently, the journey from Jiribam to Imphal takes around 10-12 hours by road. After completion of this railway project, the same distance shall be covered in less than 2 hours. It will also help in receiving of essential commodities faster by the State and also help the State local producers to export their produces faster.
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