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HCC to complete Rs.1750 Cr project in 30 months India’s Longest 12.8 KMs Tunnel between Katra-Benihal in Ferozepur Railway Division

Ferozepur: Regardless of several challenges of unpredictable nature of the rocks, strain, ingress of water and harsh weather, Ferozepur Railway Division to have India’s Longest 12.8 KMs Tunnel between Katra-Benihal at a cost of Rs.1749.59 crore in two parts which will connect with a bridge of only 200 meter, open to the sky.

Anuj Parkash, Divisional Railway Manager, Ferozepur Division in a press release informed that three days training programme on quality management in construction was held during the last week in collaboration with the Konkan Railway Corporation Limited, to keep new entrants of the Udhampur-
Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project abreast with standards of quality.

Railway has already to its credit the construction of railway tunnels and Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) will add another 12.8 KMs long tunne in Jammu and Kashmir between Katra-Benihal falling under Ferozepur Rail Division. It will be a significant leap with the completion of exaction work of the longest tunnel in the country.

According to the railway official said, the entire infrastructure has started reaching at the spotted mountains by HCC for making arrangements for the stay of staff working on the project and this tunnel will be longest than the earlier record of 11 KMs long which is known as Panchal Tunnel also in J&K.

The tunnel between Katra-Benihal has been given the name of T-13 and T-14 having total length of 12.6 KMs which will be connected with a rail bridge of 200 meters.  In other words, during 13 KMs journey through tunnel, the sky could be seen only while passing over the connected bridge.

Sources of Hindustan Construction Company, there will also be a Railway Yard along with the bridge.  According to the PRO of the company, the project will be completed with a period of 30 months which has already completed two longest tunnels of 10.2 KMs – Pir Panchal and Subhar-Sangaldan.

He further said, the work on the longest tunnel will start on one side near the highest rail bridge near Shor Kodi village at Dagga village and it will end on the other side at a distance of 13 KMs near Bashindra village.

About the technology, given its length, proper ventilation and measures will be taken to provide mobile connectivity for seamless communication even while travelling. Besides Austrian tunneling methodology, ingenious technologies will also be adopted to make it earthquake-resistant to have a life span of 100 years and to create a membrane to ensure zero water seepage.

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