After the Union government allocated Rs.1, 000 crore for the Bairabi-Sairang project in Mizoram in its budget for the year 2021-22, Indian Railways intends to connect all state capitals in the north-eastern part of the country to receive a boost.
The Bairabi-Sairang new railway line project is being initiated by the Northeast Frontier Railway(NFR) in Mizoram. The Ministry of Railways plans to complete the project by March 2023. The project would include four stations from Bhairabi, namely Hortoki, Kawnpui, Mualkhang and Sairang. The capital, Mizoram Aizawl, is not far from Sairang station.
According to a statement by the NFR, "Better rail connectivity will lead to economic development not only of the people of the Mizoram but also for the entire NE region".
"State traders will be able to carry daily consumption items as well as construction materials in a far cheaper, cost-effective, and eco-friendly way. State farmers will be able to send their goods at a cheaper rate and time-bound manner to the wider market of the different states".
In the year 2008-09, the Bairabi-Sairang new railway line project was approved. 51.38 Kms is the length of the whole project. Around Rs. 5521.45 crore is the estimated cost of the entire project. An sum of Rs. 3763.63 crore has already been invested for the project execution until last year.
In the complete project, there will be 55 major and 87 minor bridges. 5 Road Over Bridges(ROBs) and 6 Road Under Bridges will also be eligible for the project (RUBs). The construction of multiple tunnels would also involve the entire project. In this project, a total of 12639.20 meters (approx.) of tunneling work would need to be performed.487.47 Hectors (approx.) of Land Acquisition and Earthwork of 347.89 Lakh Cum is being done for the construction of the project.
"In line with the policy of the Govt of India for the comprehensive development of the NE region, the completion of all proposed rail connectivity projects of the NE region will lead to "Transformation of the Northeast through better transportation.