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Ambitious rail plans for Manipur

Manipur has been mainly dependent on National Highway 53 [Silchar to Imphal] and National Highway 39 [Numaligarh to Moreh via Imphal] for communication with the rest of the country.

Jiribam, the only rail-head in Manipur, is an extension of on 1.5 Km of Lumding-Silchar meter gauge section which is presently being converted into Broad Gauge. The Jiribam to Imphal Road[Tupul] new line project was included in 2003-04 budget after abandoning the earlier proposal of new line project from Diphu [Dhansiri] station in Assam to Karong in Manipur sanctioned in 1997-98. However, as decided by Govt. of India, the proposed project will involve extension from Tupul to Imphal as well. The project will require total 1282.66 hect. of land out of which work is in progress in 1089.022 hect. land. There will be 107 minor bridges ,7 major bridges and 3 nos. each of road over bridges and two road under bridges.

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