In a bid to make travel easier in the state of Manipur, a bridge is being built across river Ijai near Noney. It is quite a special development; being built at a pier height of 141 metre, it will stand to be the world’s tallest, breaking the existing record of Mala-Rijeka viaduct at 139 metre in Montenegro in Europe. Also Read - Amid Lockdown, Indian Railways to Run Parcel Trains For Transportation of Essential Commodities
After the Statue of Unity, this bridge will put India on the map yet again. Constructed as a part of the 111-km-long Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal new broad gauge line project, the bridge will come with a minimum of 45 tunnels. One of the tunnels is being estimated to be 10.280 km long, making it the longest railway tunnel in the Northeast. Also Read - Railways to seek CCEA nod for doubling New Bongaigaon-Guwahati line: Goyal
This new project will help connect the land of the jewels with the rest of the country better. It will pass through steep rolling hills of the Patkai region, through a number of deep gorges and over several rivers flowing at low ground levels. The total length of the bridge will be 703 meter.
The pillars have already been built, and as the piers of the bridge are being constructed using hydraulic augers and specially designed ‘slip-form technique’ to ensure efficient and continual construction. Self-erecting electric lifts at each pier 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 site by cantilever launching scheme.
The project is in full swing, and will soon be open to the public. The state of many natural wonders, a rich culture pot and the world’s tallest bridge – Manipur should be at the top of your travel list.