The Railway Ministry has announced that a railway bridge over the river Chenab in Kashmir will be built in two years.
This bridge will be the world’s highest railway bridge, 35 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower, connecting Bakkal (Katra) and Kauri (Srinagar). The gigantic arc-shaped bridge will be constructed at a cost of about Rs. 1,100 crores in mountainous terrain and will be able to withstand winds of up to 260 kmph.
The bridge will be made using 24,000 tonnes of steel and will rise 359 meters above the river to form the vital 111 km stretch between Bakkal and Kauri on the Udhampur- Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project.
A senior railway official commented,
The construction of the bridge is the most challenging part of the Kashmir rail link project and once completed, it will be an engineering marvel.
Railways announced the construction of this engineering marvel with the following tweet:
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) May 3, 2017
Scheduled to be completed by 2019, this bridge will also be a tourist attraction and will be made of 63 mm thick special blast proof steel to withstand terror attacks. The concrete pillars of the bridge will be made to withstand blasts and the paint will be a special anti-corrosion one which will last up to 15 years.
A system of aerial security will monitor and issue warnings in case of any threat. Footpaths and cycle trails will be made along the tracks and rope ways will be attached to inspect and repair the bridge. Speed sensors will also be installed at the tracks to check wind velocity. As soon as the wind speed exceeds 90 kmph, the track signal will turn red, thus preventing train movement.
Upon completion, this bridge will surpass China’s Beipan river Shuibai railway bridge which is currently the highest in the world at 275 meters.