The construction of the arch of the world’s highest railway bridge that soars 359 metres above the bed of the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir was completed. The 1.3-kilometre-long bridge aims to boost connectivity to the Kashmir Valley and it is being constructed at a cost of ₹ 1,486 crores as part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Railway Link (USBRL) project.
Features of the Arch of the iconic Chenab Bridge:
- The construction of the Chenab bridge was declared as a national project in 2002.
- Indian Railways is constructing the iconic Arch Bridge on River Chenab as a part of the USBRL project to connect the Kashmir valley to the rest of the nation.
- This bridge is 1315m long.
- This is the highest Railway Bridge in the world being 359m above the river bed level.
- It will be 35 meters higher than the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris (France).
- The overall weight of Arch is 10,619 MT.
- The most sophisticated ‘Tekla’ software used for structural detailing.
- Structural steel was suitable for -10°C to 40°C temperature.
- Bridge designed to bear earthquake forces of highest intensity zone-V in India.
- Bridge designed to withstand high wind speed up to 266 Km/Hour.