Union minister reviews sites of ongoing rail projects in Manipur

Union Minister of State for Railways and Textiles Darshana Jardosh accompanied by railway officials speaking to the media in Imphal on Thursday. (EM pictures)

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Imphal, Aug 25 (EMN): Union Minister of State for Railways and Textiles Darshana Vikram Jardosh said on Thursday rail projects in Manipur are progressing smoothly with 50% of the world’s tallest rail bridge completed.

Addressing a press conference after reviewing the progress of the 110km Imphal-Jiribam railway line which was resumed with an expected cost of INR 14,322 crore, the visiting Union Minister said that ‘he was planning to build budget hotels or similar on the first floor of the railway stations or nearby bridges or tunnels with tourism potential are being developed and discussions are ongoing with the government as this will help to develop the railway line with tourist activities.

India’s highest railway bridge currently under construction as part of the Imphal-Jiribam railway line which has 11 major bridges and 129 minor bridges, 11 stations spread across five districts is also expected to be the one of the highest railway bridges in the world with a height of 141. meters.

In view of the recent unfortunate landslide in the Noney district, there has been a restructuring of the construction works. Experts have been researching cabling and electrification techniques as authorities install the early warning system along the railway line to avert a disaster in the future, she said.

Regarding the development projects of the loom and handicraft sector in the state, the minister said that the loom and handicraft related works mainly involving women are next to the agricultural works in the state. ‘State.

There are indications of strong coordination with state and central government in the successful implementation of loom and handicraft projects. There are three handicraft products that have a Geographical Indication (GI) label and products with a GI label will be easier for international business with countries with bilateral relations.

Biren Singh and Darshana Jardosh. (photo NF railways)

For the smooth running of internal affairs, training will be provided by the relevant department to artisans of hand weaving and handicrafts in the state to meet global demands, she said.

Sharing his view, Managing Director Anshul Gupta of Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR), who was also present at the press conference, said that tourist centers will be developed at places such as Rani Gaidinliu Station or the highest railway bridge site or longest tunnel at Tupul- Imphal Rail Section etc.

And for this, the railways will sign a memorandum of understanding with the state government regarding the development of tourist spots which can also be used as filming locations for film industries, he added.

The Chief Executive also informed that the survey works of the Imphal-Moreh railway line are ongoing and will be completed by January 2023, while the government also aims to complete the Imphal-Moreh railway line. Imphal-Jiribam railway by December 2023.

It may be noted that the Union Minister who arrived in Imphal on August 23 to oversee the various central projects undertaken in the north eastern state visited India’s second longest tunnel on the railway line of rail of the Tupul-Imphal section and reviewed the works in progress for the Imphal station. in Manipur.


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