Surpassing the existing record of 139 metres of Mala Rijeka Viaduct bridge in Europe, the Indian Railways is constructing the world’s tallest bridge pier in Manipur at a height of 141 metres. According to reports, with the completion of the bridge, a distance of 111 km can be covered within 2-2.5 hours.
Sandeep Sharma, Chief Engineer of the project said “With the completion of the 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 travelling. After the construction, the bridge crossing Noney valley will become the world’s highest pier bridge.”
The railway project in Manipur is part of the 111 km long Jiribam-Imphal railway line to connect the capital of Manipur with the broad gauge network of the country.