The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) in India has announced its plans to complete the Bairabi–Sairang new railway line project in the northeastern state of Mizoram by March 2023.

The NFR is one of Indian Railways’ 18 railway zones.

The project received a boost after the central government in its recent 2021-22 budget allocated $137m for the Bairabi–Sairang project, with an aim to link all the state capitals in the country’s northeastern region, reported LiveMint.

Under this project, four stations will be built from Bhairabi, namely Hortoki, Kawnpui, Mualkhang and Sairang.

In a statement, NFR said: “Better rail connectivity will lead to economic development not only of the people of the Mizoram but also for the entire north-east region. Traders of the state will be able to bring items of daily consumption, as well as construction materials in a much cheaper, cost-effective, and eco-friendly way. Farmers of the state will be able to send their produce to the wider market of the various states at a cheaper rate and time-bound manner.”

Covering a length of 51.38km, the Bairabi–Sairang new railway line project, received authorisation in 2008-2009.

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The entire project is expected to cost $756m and approximately $516m has already been spent on implementing the project.

There will be around 55 major and 87 minor bridges, along with five road overbridges (ROBs) and six road underbridges (RUBs) in the entire project.

The project will also involve around 12,639.20m of tunnelling works.

Furthermore, nearly 487.47ha of land will be acquired and earthwork of 35 million m³ will be executed for this project.