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World’s highest rail bridge’s arch in J&K nears completion; Goyal shares pic

By Priyanka Verma 
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Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has shared a photo of the steel arch of the upcoming railway bridge over the Chenab River in Jammu and Kashmir. “Infrastructural Marvel in Making: Indian Railways is well on track to achieve another engineering milestone…It is all set to be the world’s highest railway bridge,” Goyal tweeted on Thursday.

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The bridge is dubbed as world’s highest railway bridge at 1.315-km. It is being built above the Chenab River at a height of 359 metres from the sea bed level in Jammu and Kashmir.

After the completion of the bridge, the Chenab Bridge will boast of having the world’s highest rail bridge — 359 metre above the river and around 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower. The bridge will have two stations at both the ends. Konkan Railway is executing the Rs 12,000-crore Chenab rail bridge project.

Talking of the bridge sturdiness, Chief Engineer (Coordination) R K Hegde of Konkan Railways had told PTI that the bridge is designed to withstand 40 kg of TNT blast and earthquake of magnitude 8 on Richter Scale. “It can withstand high-intensity blasts of up to 40 kgs of TNT and an earthquake of magnitude 8 on Richter Scale. Even after the blast, a train can run at a speed of 30 kmph,” he had said.

The bridge will be a key link in the 111-km stretch between Katra and Banihal which is part of the Udhampur
Srinagar-Baramulla section of the Kashmir Railway project.

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It is the most challenging project in the post-independent history of the national transporter, Konkan Railways had said. News agency PTI had quoted Sanjay Gupta, Chairman Konkan Railway, saying that the world’s highest railway bridge, connecting Kashmir with the rest of India through a rail line will be completed by December 2021.

At 359 metres above Chenab, this rail bridge will also be 30 meters higher than the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

As per the railway ministry officials, Anji Khad Bridge is the seventh-largest arch-shaped bridge in the world as there is no support except on both sides of the river banks. The arch is being supported by piers and trusses.

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