New Delhi: After the inauguration of the 182-metre ‘Statue of Unity‘, the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has now constructed a 100-metres tall pier in the world’s tallest railway bridge being built near Noney in Manipur. Also Read - Attention Tourists! Statue of Unity to Remain Closed For 5 Days
The bridge is being constructed as part of the 111-km-long Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal new broad gauge line project, said an NFR spokesman. Also Read - India's First Seaplane From Maldives Lands Successfully in Gujarat
The Noney Bridge is being constructed across the valley of river Ijai near Noney with a pier height of 141 meters. There are 45 tunnels in the project, the longest being of 10.280 kilometres. Also Read - Moderate-Intensity Earthquakes Hit Manipur & Sikkim, No Damage or Loss of Life Reported
Once completed, the bridge is likely to exceed the existing record of 139-meters of Mala-Rijeka viaduct in Montenegro in Europe. The total length of the bridge will be 703-meters. The piers of the bridge are constructed using hydraulic augers, the tall piers needed specially designed ‘slip-form technique’ to ensure efficient and continual construction.
The NFR spokesman further stated that self-erecting electric lifts at each pier will cater to the safe and speedy conveyance of men and materials to the top. The steel girders are pre-fabricated in a workshop, transported in segments and erected at the site by cantilever launching scheme.
The project picked up momentum in the last three years due to its importance as a national project.