Center for Reviving Sairang Railway Line Project to Myanmar Border in Mizoram

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Guwahati/Aizawl: The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) would link the Myanmar border by rail via Manipur and Mizoram.

According to NF Railway officials, while the final location study of the 111 km Imphal-Moreh section (along the border with Myanmar) is already underway for the construction of a new broad gauge line, it would build a broad gauge line from Sairang, near Aizawl, to Hmawngbuchhuah in the Lawngtlai district of Mizoram, near the border with Myanmar.

The 223 km Sairang-Hmawngbuchhuah railway project was abandoned earlier due to “economic unviability”.

Mizoram’s only Lok Sabha member, C. Lalrosanga, who demanded the revival of the railway project, held a meeting with NFR officials in Guwahati on Friday and railway officials confirmed to the MP the revival of the project. vital.

A senior NF Railways official said that although the proposed railway line from Sairang to Hmawngbuchhuah is not “economically feasible”, the project would be revived as it is strategically important to connect the northeast of the India at the Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project under construction. in Myanmar under the Act East Policy.

According to a preliminary survey, the estimated cost of the proposed Sairang-Hmawngbuchhuah railway project is Rs 15,000 crore.

NF Railway is currently executing a 51.38 km long broad gauge railway line project between Bairabi (near Assam border) and Sairang at an estimated cost of Rs 6,527 crore.

Sairang is about 20 km from Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram.

Construction of the Bairabi-Sairang broad gauge railway line started in 2015 and is expected to be completed by March 2023.

Meanwhile, the head of NF Railways said that the final location survey up to Moreh along the India-Myanmar border is expected to be completed soon after which the budget estimate will be finalized.

The commercial capital of Manipur and India’s gateway to Southeast Asia, Moreh is a booming trading point in India, bordering Myanmar with the town of Tamu on the other side of the border.

India-Myanmar Friendship Bridge at Moreh connects India with Kalewa in Sagaing Division of Myanmar.

According to the railway official, the proposed new broad gauge line, when constructed, would be of strategic importance and would form an important part of the Trans-Asian Railway project that would link India with Southeast Asia. Is on a rail network.

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