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.
The bridge is being constructed as part of the 111-km-long Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal new broad gauge line project, said an NFR spokesman.
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.
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.