World’s tallest rail bridge which will be a part of 111 kilometers long Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal rail line is coming up at Lukhambi and Noney area in Manipur, India. The project is targeted to be completed by 2019.
The bridge is currently under construction and will have seven tall pillars. The 141 meter bridge is slated to become the tallest bridge in the world with its pillar height surpassing the tallest one of Mala-Rijeka viaduct on Belgrade-Bar railway line in Europe where the height of pillars is 139 meters, according to Railway officials.
The anticipated cost of the bridge is INR 280 Crores. It will consume 5.1 lakh cement bags, 75,000 quintals of structural steel, 60,000 quintals of reinforced steel and 22,000 mild steel plates.
The railway line passes through steep rolling hills to connect the capital of Manipur with the broad gauge network of the country.
The alignment of rail line will traverse through not only a number of deep gorges but also over several rivers flowing at low ground levels as Jiribam, situated at 37 meters above mean sea level while Imphal (Capital of Manipur) is situated at 780 meters above mean sea level.
As a result, the authority is constructing 46 tunnels measuring a total of 57.5 kilometers in length and tall bridges in order to maintain a suitable gradient for efficient operation of Railway.
The longest tunnel will be 4.9 kilometer between Jiribam-Tupul
The entire Manipur Project is targeted to be completed by 2019