Interesting Facts About World’s Highest Railway Bridge On Chenab
Work is in progress in full swing to help India have the privilege of hosting the tallest railway bridge soon. Recently, the Indian Railways launched the main arch of the world's highest bridge on the river Chenab in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district. This bridge will provide direct connectivity to the Kashmir Valley. The launch of the main arch is a noteworthy endeavour as it entails carrying heavy segments from two ends of the bridge- Kauri end and Bakkal end - and is the world longest cable crane arrangement.
Taller than the Eiffel Tower, the Chenab Bridge is going to be an architectural marvel. But, it is many other things, too.
Let us look at some interesting facts about the much-talked about bridge:
- Built over the river of the same name in Jammu and Kashmir, the Chenab Bridge is will be 1.315 kilometres long and 359 metres tall. This makes it 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower. The bridge is 1,178 feet above the sea level of Chenab on the Kauri side.
- This engineering marvel will connect Katra with Srinagar. It is an important link in the 111-km route between Katra and Banihal, an important economic junction between the Udhampur-Srinagar- Baramulla Railway project.
- The project was first conceived in 2002 and was expected to be completed in 2009. Currently, the bridge is eight years behind schedule as earlier the construction was stayed because of safety and stability issues in the region. The reconstruction started in 2010 and is slated to be completed in 2019.
- The total cost of construction of this arch-shaped bridge is estimated to be Rs 1,198 crore.
- The bridge is designed to withstand wind speed of up to 260 kmph. The railways will install sensors on the bridge to check wind velocity. As the speed goes beyond 90kmph, the red signal would halt the train movement over the bridge.
- Since the region is frequent to terror attacks, the special blast-proof steel of 63 mm is being used to enhance safety and security of the bridge.
- Apart from this, the bridge is being designed to survive explosions and earthquake of intensity eight on Richter scale. A special corrosion and rust-resistant paint are being used which have a life of 15 years.
- The bridge is expected to provide all-weather rail connectivity to the four most far-flung areas of the region with rest of the country which would result in economic development of the state.
- Adventure tourism is another highlight of this architecture. Several sight-seeing points, hotels and bungee jumping, trekking routes are expected to come up here.
- The bridge is an important source of employment for locals. It employs over 1,500 people, out of which 500 are locals, working day and night to complete the mammoth structure by March 2019.