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Report on Aizawl railway bridge collapse ‘submitted’

Aizawl: A four-member high level committee constituted by the Ministry of Railway to inquire into the collapse of a steel girder of bridge between Bairabi and Sairang, killing 23 workers on August 23, was reported to have submitted its report to the Ministry.

Hrangtawna, consultant of Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR), however, told Zoram Chronicle that the NFR is yet to receive the report of the committee till date.

B P Awasthi, PED-II, RDSO was appointed as the convener of the high level committee constituted on August 24 with Dr. Dipti Ranjan Sahoo, Associate Dean and Professor, Structural Engineering, IIT Delhi as member (expert) while two other members were also appointed.

“The committee shall submit its report within one month from the date of its constitution,” the order issued by Vijay Kumar, Under Secretary (Estt.)-I said.

Hrangtawna said that collapse of a steel girder of bridge number 196 at Zero point near Sairang village, about 18 kilometres west of Mizoram capital Aizawl city is most likely to delay completion of the Bairabi-Sairang 51.38 km long broad gauge railroad by 6 months to a year.

“The steel girder has to be manufactured again outside the state and brought to Mizoram,” he said, adding that the pillars might be damaged by the impact of the collapsed steel girder and may need repair.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation of the Bairabi-Sairang railroad project on November 29, 2014 with financial estimate of Rs 2,384.34 crore and scheduled to be completed by March, 2020. However, due to a number of problems the project estimate was revised to over Rs 5,000 crore and scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. 

However, the time of completion is most likely to be deferred.

The railroad will have four stations at Hortoki, Kawnpui, Mualkhang and Sairang. It will have 196 bridges and 23 tunnels. The longest bridge will be 1,042 metres while the longest tunnel will be 1,733 metres. 

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