The Mizoram state capital Aizawl will be on the railway map in the next two years. The construction of 51.38 km long stretch of the broad gauge railway line between Sairang and Bairabi is likely to be completed by December 2023.
The Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR) official said on Friday that construction work is in progress and almost all the tenders for various works have been finalised.
The 51 km line long broad-gauge line will consist of 55 bridges of which six are tall bridges having a height of more than 70m and 32 tunnels. According to an official of NFR, 89.55% of earthwork, 37% of major bridges and about 73.26% of minor bridges have been completed. 21% of the construction of cut and cover tunnels has also been completed, he added.
Besides Bairabi, the railway line will pass through four stations- Hortoki, Kawnpui, Mualkhang and Siarang.
Lalnunmawia Chuaungo, Mizoram’s Chief Secretary on Friday visited various construction sites to take stock of the progress and interacted with railway officials. He shared positive feedback with the NFR officials and urged them to accelerate the construction. He said that the project will play an important role in unlocking the untapped economic potential of the state.
The foundation stone of the Sairang- Birabi broad gauge line was laid down by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first term in November 2014. The project was started in 2015 and was initially scheduled to be done by 2018.
The project could not be completed on the scheduled time because of several hurdles, including hilly terrain, deep valleys and gorges, frequent landslides, short duration of working season due to monsoon and lack of labour and construction materials in the state.