Manipur, Nov 28: As part of the 111 km long Jiribam-Imphal railway project in Manipur, Indian Railways is building the world’s tallest bridge pier.

Manipur’s ambitious project connects the capital with the country’s broad gauge railway network via Jiribam-Imphal, a 111 km railway line going across the state.

In Europe, the height of the piers of 141 m of the Mala – Rijeka viaduct in Montenegro will be surpassed by the height of 141 m of the new bridge.

Sandeep Sharma, Chief Engineer of the project, said the bridge crossing Noney valley will become the world’s highest pier bridge after completion of the project. The route between Jiribam and Imphal (NH-37) currently takes about 10-12 hours to cover.

Moreover, the work on the world’s tallest railway bridge in Manipur should be completed by December 2023. The first phase of the bridge which runs for 12 km has already been commissioned.

The third phase, which extends from Khongsang Valley to Tupul, will be completed by November 2022. The fourth and final phase of the bridge will be complete by December 2023.

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According to the official, 61 per cent of the 111 km project is the tunnel. A total of Rupees 374 crore is anticipated to be the cost of the bridge, according to the Chief Engineer.

However, according to Sharma, there are sometimes difficulties connected to insurgency in the region, as well as problems because of the monsoon, which is the only way to reach the area.

From April to October, the area experiences intense rainfall, making it very difficult to work during that time.