World's Highest Railway Bridge is half ready, Soon Indian Railways in Kashmir Valley

The dream of connecting Jannat-E-Kashmir Valley with the Indian Railways network will come true in December 2021. The World's Highest Railway bridge over Chenab River in Reasi district between Katra - Banihal is half-finished. The train will able to go directly to Kashmir Valley as soon as the bridge is ready next year. In the year 2002, Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link was declared a National Project. Northern Railway has undertaken the mega-project of constructing a new railway line across the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir between the towns of Udhampur near Jammu and Baramulla on the north-western edge of the Kashmir Valley. It is directed by the Northern Railway.
The most challenging work is going on the distance of 53.66 km from Katra to Dharam section in 111 km long Katra - Banihal Rail route. This route passes through the most difficult geographical conditions of the Reasi, and Pir Panjal mountains. Its 46.1 km, or 86% of its total length, passes through tunnels, while 4.6 km, 8.6% of the way is through bridges and the remaining 5.5% is through curve and embankments. In this project, the World's Highest Bridge (359 m) is being constructed on the Chenab River near the Salal Hydro Power Dam. The bridge has a length of 1315 meters which is 35 meters higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The Chenab Bridge was originally intended to be completed in December 2009. However, in September 2008 the project was halted due to fears over the bridge's stability and safety. Work on the bridge restarted in 2010 with the plan to complete it in 2015. The construction was awarded to Afcons Infrastructure Limited, a part of the Shapoorji Pallonji Group, the third-largest construction group in India.
The Katra-Banihal rail section is 111 km long. The cost of this project is 21,653 crores. It has 26 big and 11 small bridges. The total length of 37 bridges is 7 km. It has 35 tunnels with 27 main tunnels, while 8 are escape tunnels. It has the longest tunnel T-49 with a total length of 12.75 km. Project work will be completed by 2021. This will connect the Kashmir Valley with Indian Railways Network.

Sanjay Gupta, Konkan Railway Chairman and MD
World's Highest Railway Bridge is half ready, Soon Indian Railways in Kashmir Valley World's Highest Railway Bridge is half ready, Soon Indian Railways in Kashmir Valley Reviewed by SHERE KHOJRAHA on January 09, 2020 Rating: 5

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