World's highest railway bridge is going to be built on Chenab, there will be connectivity with Kashmir every season
The world's highest rail bridge is being built on the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir, which is about to be ready this month. This bridge will serve as an all-weather link between Kashmir and the rest of the country.
The world's highest railway bridge over the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir is likely to be ready by the third week of this month, which is being built on the Katra-Banihal rail section at a cost of Rs 27949 crore. The bridge has been constructed under the Konkan Railway Corporation Limited's (KRCL) Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project, which will connect the valley to the rest of the country.
The bridge, which is 1,178 feet above the river bed, is the biggest civil-engineering challenge faced by any railway project in India in recent history. This height makes this bridge the highest railway bridge in the world.
This bridge is made of structural steel, which can withstand temperatures ranging from minus 10 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius. This means that this bridge will not be affected by any weather in Jammu and Kashmir and connectivity with the rest of the country will remain in every season. Over the past three years, engineers have been building the bridge with the help of two giant cable cranes installed on both sides of the Chenab river - the Kauri end and the Bakkal end.
This world's highest Chenab Railway Bridge is 1.3 km long. It is 35 m higher than the 324 m tall Eiffel Tower in France. From time to time, Indian Railways has shared photos of this bridge being built on the Chenab river, in which the beauty of the bridge is made on sight.