Indian Railways will soon have the world’s highest railway bridge. The 1.315-km long, Chenab bridge is being built above the Chenab River at a height of 359 meters in Jammu and Kashmir. It is the most challenging project in the post-independent history of the national transporter, according to Konkan Railways. Chenab bridge project was declared as a national project in the year 2002. The engineering marvel will soon connect most remote parts of the country in Jammu and Kashmir with mainland India.
According to officials the bridge will be 359 meters above the Chenab river bed and will also be 30 meters higher than the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Chairman Sanjay Gupta, Konkan Railway was quoted in a PTI report saying that the world’s highest railway bridge, connecting Kashmir with the rest of India through a rail line will be completed by December next year. Once the development work of the bridge is completed, it will surpass the record of China’s Beipan river Shuibai railway bridge (275 m). Indian Railways is also planning to host bungee jumping and many other exciting sports events at the bridge.
Chenab Bridge, the world’s highest railway bridge, is an engineering marvel because the bridge forms the crucial link in the 111-km stretch between Katra and Banihal which is part of the Udhampur- Srinagar-Baramulla section of the Kashmir Railway project and around 1,400 men 500 of whom are locals are working through the day to complete the structure.
Konkan Railway is executing the Chenab rail bridge project and has been designed by consultants from Finland and Germany. The concrete pillars of the bridge have been designed to withstand explosions, it will include a 1.2 meter-wide central verge and a 14 meter-wide dual carriageway. For the safety of passengers and trains, an online monitoring and warning system will also be installed on the Chenab bridge.
The various rail routes will be connected through a tunnel. The contract for the construction of the tunnel with the longest safety passage in the country has been awarded to the Vensar Constructions Company. The bridge has been designed to withstand wind speeds of up to 260 kmph and its lifespan will be 120 years.