Mizoram’s capital, Aizawl, will be connected by rail network soon; 82% work completed | Popgen Tech


The Ministry of Railways on Thursday gave a major update on the Bairabi – Sairang Rail Line Project which intends to bring Mizoram’s capital Aizawl on the rail map. The project is scheduled to be completed in December 2023.

According to an official tweet, the 51.38 km Bairabi – Sairang Railway Project has achieved 82% completion till November 30, 2022.

“This project of national importance will provide seamless connectivity to Mizoram’s state capital, Aizawl (Sairang), and the rest of the country,” Railways said.

There are 32 tunnels and 16 cut and cover tunnels on the 51.38 km long railway line, which is transported through Thingdawl and Tlangnuam Blocks in Kolasib district and Aizawl district.

In this stretch, there are 55 major bridges, including six high bridges with a height of more than 70 m, 87 minor bridges, eight road under bridges and five overpasses.

Apart from Bairabi, the railway line will pass through four stations – Kawnpui, Hortoki, Sairang and Mualkhang.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the sairang-Bairabi line in November 2014. The project started in 2015 and was initially scheduled to be completed by 2018.

However, it could not be completed on schedule due to several obstacles, including shallow valleys, hilly terrain and ravines, landslides, short duration of the work season due to monsoons, and lack of construction materials and labor in the state.

After its completion, the project will open up good economic opportunities as goods will be transported in a cheaper, cost-effective, and eco-friendly way. Farmers in the state will also be able to send their products to the wider market in different states at a cheaper price and in a limited time.

Aizwal will become the fourth state capital in the Northeast to have a rail link after the project is completed. Assam’s Guwahati (adjacent to the capital Dispur), Arunachal Pradesh’s Naharlagun (adjacent to the capital Itanagar) and Tripura’s Agartala are already connected to the rail network.


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