North-East India – Security and Developmental Issues

India’s tallest bridge pier built in Manipur


Mains Paper 3: Economy | Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways, etc.

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Noney Bridge and its details

Mains level: Development projects in the NE


  • The Northeast Frontier Railway Construction Organization has constructed India’s tallest pier as part of the project to build a railway bridge at Noney in Manipur.
  • The proposed bridge will be the world’s tallest railway bridge.

Noney Bridge

  1. The bridge is being constructed across the valley of river Ijai near Noney, with the height of the final pier being 141 metres.
  2. On completion, the bridge will surpass the existing world record, held by the 139-metre Mala-Rijeka viaduct in Montenegro.
  3. The total length of the Noney bridge will be 703 metres.
  4. The bridge is a part of the 111-km Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal new broad gauge line project, a national project which is set to be completed by 2022.
  5. The project also includes 45 tunnels, the longest being 10.28 km, which will be the longest railway tunnel of the northeast.
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