The Indian Railways has commenced the main arch of the world's highest bridge on the River Chenab in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district.
This will provide direct connectivity to the Kashmir Valley.
The iconic bridge of Jammu & Kashmir will ascend 359 metres above the bed of the River Chenab and will be 30 metres upper than the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris.
The start of the main arch is a remarkable effort as it requires carrying heavy segments from two ends of the bridge - Kauri end and Bakkal end and involves the world longest cable crane arrangement.
International and National consultants have been engaged during different stages of the project. Detailed seismic studies, geo-physical studies and slope stability studies have been included.
About the bridge
The bridge is 1.3km long which is being built at a cost of Rs1250crore.
The bridge forms the critical link in the 111-km stretch between Banihal and Katra which is part of the Udhampur- Srinagar-Baramulla section of the Kashmir Railway project.
The iconic bridge is part of the flagship Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) Project and being built on River Chenab on the Katra-Banihal section.