Longest rail tunnel in north-east ‘scooped out’

By PTI  www.thehindu.com

The longest railway tunnel in the north-east on the newly constructed Lumding-Silchar broad gauge line in Assam has been scooped out, said Northeast Frontier Railway officials.

The tunnel is located near the New Haflong station building and goes under Haflong town. The 3,235-metre long tunnel connects the New Haflong railway station with Jatingalumpur railway station, said Md. M.M.Y. Alam, senior public relations officer, North East Frontier Railway. He added that it is considered one of the most important tunnels in the 210-km broad gauge track.

It was scooped out with great difficulty due to soil conditions of the area and geological issues, Mr. Alam told reporters on Monday. Adverse geological conditions were encountered during excavation and its completion is a major achievement for the construction engineers of NF Railway, he said. More info

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