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Indian Railways seeks Norwegian geotechnical advice

Engineers from Indian Railways have sought Norwegian geotechnical training to support its plans to extend its rail network by 500km each year for the next five years.

The team of 20 from India is undergoing training in Norwegian tunnelling technology at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute in Oslo to gain knowledge vital to delivering 100km of tunnels each year for the new rail lines.

Indian Railways has said that it has between 20 and 25 rail lines under construction at any one time, which includes conversion of narrow gauge railways.

India’s longest rail tunnel is the recently completed 11.2km Pir Panjal Railway Tunnel in the Himalayan Jammu and Kashmir but the current development plans include several longer tunnels.

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