By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Dec 1: Exuding confidence that the Jiribam-Imphal railway project will be completed by 2023, North East Frontier Railway/Construction General Manager NK Prasad has asserted that he will board a train to Imphal by the same year.
He was responding to media queries about the ongoing railway project in the State on the sidelines of inaugurating Tunnel number 7 of Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal railway line today.
NK Prasad inaugurated the said Tunnel in the presence of CAOC/I/MLG Mohan Lal, PFA/CON/MLG Ved Prakash and CE/CON/V/MLG Anil Kumar.
Further claiming that 70 to 75 percent of the overall construction work of the railway project has been completed so far, the General Manager went on to inform that construction works are still going on to ensure completion of the railway project as soon as possible.
Asserting that the most difficult and time consuming task in railway line construction is the tunnel work, he said that construction of Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal railway line will now go at a much faster pace as the tunnelling works are almost completed and the remaining tasks like track linking are simple.
While claiming that the only thing which has been impeding the project are the tall bridges and the last tunnel, he stated that the Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal railway line will reach Imphal once these tasks are completed.
When asked about the surety of completing the railway project by 2023 as stated earlier by authorities concerned, he said that he will board a train to Imphal by the time.
It may be mentioned that the railway project has been divided into three sections Tupul-Imphal, Jiribam-Khongshang and Khongshang-Tupul.
Tunnel number 7 of Tupul-Imphal section which was inaugurated today connects Pungbong village and Marangching village.