Mizoram: Aizawl to be in railway map in next two years
Guwahati: The Mizoram state capital will be on the railway map in the next two years with construction of a railroad between Sairang and Bairabi likely to be completed in 2023.
The 51-km broad-gauge line between Sairang near here and Bairabi bordering Assam, that will include 55 bridges and 32 tunnels, will be completed by 2023.
An official from Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR) on Friday said that work is in progress at different stages and almost all tenders for various works have been finalised.
He said that 89.55% of earthwork, 37% of major bridges and about 73.26% of minor bridges have been completed.
21% of the construction of cut and cover tunnels has also been completed, he added.
Apart from Bairabi, the railway line will pass through four stations – Hortoki, Kawnpui, Mualkhang and Sairang.
Mizoram chief secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo on Friday visited various construction sites of the BG line and interacted with railway officials.
He shared positive feedbacks with the NFR officials and urged them to expedite the construction.
Foundation stone of the Sairang-Bairabi broad gauge line was laid by Prime Minister Modi in November 2014.
The project was started in 2015 and was initially scheduled to be completed by 2018.
The project could not be expedited due to several hurdles, including hilly terrain, deep valleys and gorges, frequent landslides, short duration of working season due to monsoon and lack of labour and construction materials in the state.