On the student’s request, we are publishing our new article on Sikkim’s First Railway Line (Sivok-Rangpo Railway Line). This megastructure is expected to be completed in 2023 and it will be truly an engineering marvel.
Quick Facts about Sikkim’s First Railway Line (Sivok-Rangpo Railway Line)
- Length of final alignment: 44.98 km
- Number of bridges: 28
- Route under tunnels: 38.53 km (86%)
- Longest tunnel: 5.1 km
- Number of tunnels: 14
- Nearest junction: New Jalpaiguri (30 km from Sevoke through Siliguri)
- Stations en route: Riang, Gailkhola, Tista Bazaar, Melli
After the completion of Sikkim’s First Railway Line (Sivok-Rangpo Railway Line), Sikkim will be connected with the rest of the India through Rail Network. This is not just the toughest rail network to construct, but it also involves a lot of care and concern for the environment and wildlife. Since this railway line had to pass through the wildlife sanctuaries, it was decided to keep that entire route underground so that the wildlife and forest ecosystem is not disturbed.
Elephant sensors are installed on the route so that the train could be stopped when an elephant is sighted close to the track. Further, the train is supposed to run at a speed of just 20 km per hour in the forest area.
This railway line is crucial not just for enhancing tourism in Sikkim, but also for border safety. As Sikkim is a border state sharing borders with Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet.
From the construction of tunnels and bridges in India’s toughest mountains to the safety of wildlife and forest ecosystem, this mega project has got everything to make it a Civil Engineering Marvel. We are proud to share this article about Sikkim’s First Railway Line (Sivok-Rangpo Railway Line). We are #ProudToBeCivilEngineer.
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