World’s tallest railway bridge pier to soon be a reality in Manipur

As part of the  111 km long Jiribam-Imphal railway line, the Indian Railways is constructing the world’s tallest bridge pier in the state of Manipur. The pioneering project is being constructed that connects the capital of Manipur with the broad gauge network of the country.

The height of the upcoming pier is measured as 141 metres and after the completion, it will surpass the existing record of 139 metre of Mala- Rijeka viaduct, Montenegro in Europe. The officials said the hydraulic augers technique is used to construct the piers of the bridge. 

Once the project is complete, the 111 km of distance will be covered in just 2-2.5 hours. Sandeep Sharma, Chief Engineer of the project told news agency ANI. Each and every step of the construction is being monitored by the security officials and Security forces have been deployed at the 703-meter-long bridge construction site.

The chief engineer of the project said that the total cost of the project would be estimated to reach around Rs. 374 crore. 

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“With the completion of the tallest bridge pier project, the 111 km of distance will be covered in 2-2.5 hours. Presently, the distance between Jiribam-Imphal (NH-37) is 220 km, which took about 10-12 hours of traveling. After the construction, the bridge crossing Noney valley will become the world’s highest pier bridge,” Sandeep Sharma, Chief Engineer said as ANI reported. However, the project is expected to complete by December 2023.