Kashmir To Get “Blast-Proof” World’s Highest Railway Bridge Over River Chenab

Chenab Bridge – the world’s highest railway-arch bridge over the river Chenab in Kashmir is soon going be a reality. The Chenab Bridge, which is under construction between Bakkal and Kauri in the Resai district, is part of Indian Railways’ ambitious plan to connect the Kashmir valley with Udhampur in Jammu.

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When completed, the 359-meter high Chenab Bridge on river Chenab will be the World’s highest railway bridge in the world. The base support of the bridge was completed in 2017 and according to the tweet by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, the construction work of the main arch is in full swing.

The bridge will also have a 14m-wide dual carriageway and a 1.2m-wide central verge. The bridge has 17 spans as well as 469m main arch span across the river. The bridge has two 36m-long approach spans.

The steel used in the bridge is blast proof and Railways is also installing an online monitoring and warning system to ensure swift response if the need arises. India’s Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) is closely working with Indian Railways on this project.

The Jammu-Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Line will give a massive boost to the transportation sector in Jammu & Kashmir. The entire project is 345km long, of which, the Chenab Bridge is a key part.

On Thursday(December 27), India’s Rail Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted that the Chenab Bridge will soon be a reality as the construction work is in full swing. The Chenab Bridge will have blast proof steel which will give it better security and durability.

The Chenab bridge is 1315 m (4,314 ft) long, the deck height will be 359m and can withstand wind speed up to 260km/hr. The Chenab bridge which will be taller than Eiffel Tower is being considered as another engineering milestone for Railways after the Bogibeel Bridge on river Brahmaputra in Assam as the terrain in Kashmir is much more complex.

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