Around two years from now, the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir will be spanned by the world’s highest railway bridge that is expected to be 35 metres taller than Paris’ Eiffel Tower. The massive arch-shaped structure, being constructed at a cost of around Rs. 1,100 crores, will rise 359 m above the river bed.
Designed to withstand wind speeds of up to 260 km per hour, the 1.315-km- long “engineering marvel” will connect Bakkal (Katra) and Kauri (Srinagar). The bridge forms a crucial link in the 111-km stretch between Katra and Banihal, which is part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project.
The bridge will be made of 63-mm thick special blast-proof steel as the region is prone to frequent terror attacks. Its concrete pillars will be designed to withstand explosions. Slated to be completed by 2019, it is expected to become one of the India’s major tourist attraction.
Important Takeaways from above News for Dena Bank PO Exam-
- India to get world’s highest railway bridge across Chenab river in J&K in 2 years
- It is expected to be 35 meters taller than Paris’ Eiffel Tower
- The length of the bridge is 1.315-km
- It will connect Bakkal (Katra) and Kauri (Srinagar)