India completes arch of world’s highest railway bridge in J&K

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.

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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.

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