RailTel bags order worth Rs. 66.83 Crores from N. F. Railway Construction for providing tunnel communication system in Bhairabi-Sairang new single line project

Railtel Corporation of India Limited, a CPSU under the Ministry of Railways has bagged a significant order from Northeast Frontier Railway Construction. The project involves the establishment of an integrated “Tunnel communication system, emergency call arrangements in tunnels & IPIS at Stations in Bhairabi-Sairang new single line section of Lumding Division” amounting to Rs. 66.83 Crores.

More Details:

  • In a strategic move towards providing hassle free communication systems in tunnels, RailTel Corporation of India Ltd. (“the Company”) has been awarded a work order from N.F. Railway Construction. The scope of work encompasses the supply, installation, testing & commissioning of integrated tunnel communication system, emergency call arrangements in tunnels & IPIS at stations in Bhairabi-Sairang new single line section of Lumding Division.
  • The contract amount on which the order has been received is: Rs. 66.83 Crores (Including GST).
  • Time period by which the order(s)/contract(s) is to be executed is: 365 Days.

Project in Brief:

The Bairabi – Sairang New Line Railway Project to connect the North-eastern state of Mizoram to the rest of the country is o­ne such project which is likely to be completed soon. This project o­nce completed will mark the dawn of a new era in terms of communication and commerce, in the North-eastern region of the country especially in Mizoram. The Bairabi – Sairang project aims to create an additional 51.38 km of railway track in Northeast India.

N. F. Railway has completed the work of construction of the tallest pier of the project i.e Pier P – 4 of bridge no. 196 on the approach of Sairang station in April this year. Height of this pier is 104 metres, which is 42 metres taller than the Qutub Minar. This is a hollow pier of 12 metre external diameter with wall thickness varying from 75 centimetres to 50 centimetres. 

Due to topographical constraint, this pier is located within the centre of a river stream. Construction of the foundation of this pier within the running stream was a big challenge which has been accomplished by diverting the stream and deploying the extra piling machines.

The pier is designed in such a unique way that the pile cap is provided with four openings of 4.5 metre x 8.5 metre to allow the water to pass through it. With the completion of this pier, o­ne of the most critical parts of the project has been accomplished.

Though there are many challenges in execution of this project which include significantly fewer working seasons due to very heavy and prolonged monsoons, extremely tough and hilly terrain through deep forests, poor accessibility, non-availability of construction materials and skilled labour in Mizoram etc. Northeast Frontier Railway is making all efforts to fulfil its commitment of earliest commissioning of the project. Work at all project sites is going o­n even at night shift.

Impact of the Project:

  • With its completion, the tourism and socio-economic development of the state and the region will get a much needed boost.
  • O­nce operational, the project will prove to be important for connecting Mizoram with the rail network.
  • People of the region will get long distance access across the country and uninterrupted supply of essential goods at low costs can be done to Mizoram to cater to the needs of the people.

Source: RailTel- Press Release | Images Credit (representational): MoR

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