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Tunnelling on Dhansiri-Zubza rail line begins at Chümoukedima village

As part of the Central government’s ambitious plan to connect all State Capitals with rail-head, tunnelling on the hilly area from Chümoukedima till Zubza began with the first tunnel dugout at Chümoukedima village on Friday. The 72-metre tunnel was dug using the conventional method of tunnelling using a hydraulic hammer attached to the tip on an excavator.

The proposed new rail route by Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) in Nagaland will cover 82.3 km from Dhansiri to its terminal station at Zubza. Work for the project began in March this year and the arduous and long-drawn task of tunnelling, building numerous bridges and laying tracks is expected to be completed in two years.

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