As part of Northeast Policy, the Ministry of Railways took up the project of providing rail connectivity to Imphal in Manipur state. As per the detailed survey, the rail alignment takes off from existing Jiribam station in Assam and traverses a length of 111km before connecting to Imphal, running along picturesque lush green scenery marked by hills, valleys, waterfalls and rivers.
At present, people have to travel by road on the existing National Highway (NH-37) which is 230-km long with several steep gradients, hair-pin bends and weak bridges. It takes more than 10 hours by road, whereas it will be less than 2 hours once the rail line is commissioned. The rail link has other advantages of strategic importance as it will usher economic development of Manipur with tremendous tourist potential, and, more importantly, it will form a vital link of the proposed Trans-Asian Rail Network connecting several countries.