Railways Ministry on 3 May 2017 announced to build the world's highest railway bridge over the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir in around two years from now.
This railway bridge is expected to be 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower of Paris. The massive arch-shaped structure of bridge is already under constructed at a cost of around Rs 1100 crore in hostile terrain.
All you need to know about this world's highest railway bridge
• Designed to withstand wind speeds of up to 260 km per hour, the bridge will connect Bakkal (Katra) and Kauri (Srinagar).
• The bridge forms a crucial link in the 111-km stretch between Katra and Banihal, which is part of the Udhampur- Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project.
• The construction of this 1.315 km long highest bridge will require over 24000 tonnes of steel and will rise 359 m above the river bed.
• The bridge will be made of 63mm thick special blast-proof steel as the Jammu and Kashmir region is prone to frequent terror attacks.
• There will also be a ropeway in the bridge for inspection purposes.
• Railways will also install sensors on the bridge to check the wind velocity so that signal on the track turn red to prevent train movement as soon as the wind speed exceeds 90 kmph.
• The concrete pillars of the bridge will be designed to withstand explosions and will be painted with a special corrosion- resistant paint which lasts for 15 years.
• An online monitoring and warning system will be installed on the bridge to protect the passengers and train in critical conditions. Footpaths and cycle trails will be built adjacent to it.
The construction of the bridge is the most challenging part of the Kashmir rail link project and once completed, it will be an engineering marvel. It will surpass the record of the Beipan river Shuibai railway bridge (275 m) in China.
Slated to be completed by the year 2019, the bridge is expected to become a tourist attraction in the region. Moreover, it shall also contribute to the economic development of the state and shall help in improving accessibility.
When: 3 May 2017