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02429-01-2024
Maligaon
Breakthrough in Tunnel no. 4 of Dimapur – Kohima New BG Single line Project achieved

In another major step towards completion of Dimapur - Kohima new Broad Gauge Line connectivity project, N.F. Railway recently achieved a major milestone in the second phase of the project. Breakthrough of Tunnel no. 4 between Molvom - Pherima station that measures 1319 meters in length including 151 meters cut and cover got done o­n 24th January, 2024. This is the 2nd longest tunnel in phase-II of the project. This achievement is considered a major step ahead for connecting Kohima with rest of the nation through Indian Railways network.

The construction of the tunnel was started from portal – 1 side o­n 10.03.2021. Work from Portal – 2 has started o­n 23.01.2023. The rock strata encountered is mainly shale and extremely weathered in nature with seepage of water present at few locations, inside the tunnel. To construct the tunnel railways had to face lots of problems as continuous rains since April, 2022 and extremely poor quality of soil in Tunnel no. 4 has led to squeezing and sliding at portal – 2 affecting the progress. Guidance from Geological Survey of India and independent consultant were sought to solve the problems.

The average rate of underground excavation is 41.25 meters per month. The underground excavation work is executed by using New Austrian Tunneling Method (NATM), and by deploying 210 no’s of manpower round the clock since the starting of the tunnel. With the final breakthrough of tunnel, underground excavation of 1168 meters has been completed. Final lining of the tunnel is targeted for completion in May, 2024.

Indian Railways is significantly contributing towards transformation of the North-eastern states by executing several new railway line projects. Constructing new railway lines to connect all the state capitals of north-eastern region is going o­n under capital connectivity projects and constructing of a new broad gauge railway line from Dimapur to Kohima in Nagaland is o­ne such project. The total length of project is 82.5 km (2.75 Km in Assam and 79.75 Km in Nagaland) having 08 new stations viz Dhansiri, Dhansiripar, Shokhuvi, Molvom, Pherima, Piphema, Menguzuma and Zubza. The project includes 24 major bridges, 156 minor bridges, 06 Road Over Bridges, 15 Road Under Bridges and 21 Tunnels of 31 km length. The total anticipated cost of the project is Rs. 6,663 crores.

The new rail connectivity project when completed will also help in transportation of food grains, automobiles and other infrastructural & construction items to the hilly state at a much cheaper cost from other parts of the country benefitting local people. Economy of the state will receive a major boost.



(Sabyasachi De)
CPRO/N.F.Railway




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