Over the past few years, the Northeast Railway has been making steady efforts to improve the region’s connectivity with the rest of the country. In doing so, the railways initiated construction of a 111 km long Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal railway line in 2008. Authorities have recently announced that the railway line will have India’s longest tunnel and the world tallest girder bridge.
The railway line is claimed to have 37 tunnels and the longest one will run upto 11.55 kms. It will be the longest tunnel India will have, Pir Panjal in Jammu & Kashmir being the current longest at 11 kms.
Along with this, the bridge being constructed near Noney will be the tallest girder bridge not only in India, but in the world. At 141 meter, it will surpass the present tallest bridge, the Malarijeka via-duct in Montenegr, Europe, which stands high at 139 meters, based on the height of the pillars used. The Bridge is said to be as tall as stacking two Qutub Minars over one another.
Apart from this, the state boasts of having some of the most technically advanced bridges. Let’s take a look at them as well:
Singhshore Suspension Bridge in Sikkim is the second highest Gorge Bridge in Asia
The Jadukata Bridge in Meghalaya is the longest span cantilever Bridge in India
Akkar Bridge Over Rangit River in Sikkim is the country’s first cable-stayed concrete Bridge, also listed in the top 6 tallest such Bridges in India
The Chubi Bailey Bridge in Nagaland is the longest Bailey bridge in India and the second longest in all Asia
The Stunning Coronation Bridge connects Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri and hones amazing British architecture. The Bridge was built over Teesta River 75 years ago.
And the region also has some unique natural bridges that have been used over the centuries by tribesmen. Today, they are particularly interesting for tourists.
Hanging Bamboo Bridges built over Siang River in Arunachal Pradesh, constructed by local tribesmen and used for transportation into the forest hills.
Living Roots Bridge, Nongriat, Meghalaya. Tiny roots of a Banyan Fig Tree are intertwined with boughs and twigs, then left to naturally grow into a bridge.