Railways working 24x7 on new line for Mizoram

01 Dec 2022

The Bairabi-Sairang New Line railway project to connect Mizoram in the northeast to the rest of the country is likely to be completed soon. The project aims to create an additional 51.38 km of railway track in northeast India.

The Bairabi-Sairang project includes 55 major bridges which require about 42,000 tonnes of steel to be fabricated, transported and erected. A record 35,000 tonnes of steel has been fabricated in last 14 months and about 30,000 tonnes has been transported to various work sites.

Transportation of fabricated girders to bridge sites is a challenging task that is being done with round the clock deployment of trailers and heavy machines for assisting in sharp curves of narrow hilly roads and pulling/pushing of these trailers at steep gradients.

The railways stated that erection of the steel girders is a critical activity of the project. In spite of cold nights and remote areas, the work is being executed 24x7. Though there are many challenges in execution of this project like a very short working season due to heavy and prolonged monsoons, tough hilly terrain through deep forests, poor accessibility, non-availability of construction materials and skilled labour in Mizoram, etc, Northeast Frontier Railway is making all efforts for early commissioning of the project.

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