The world’s tallest railway bridge, reportedly 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower in France, will come up over the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir in the next two years. The bridge will connect Bakkal and Kauri in the Reasi district of the state and will span the Chenab River at a height of 359 metres (1,178 ft).
As reported by Press Trust Of India, the arch shaped steel and concrete bridge will be built at a cost of Rs 1,100 crore and will use more than 24,000 tonnes of steel. The 1.315km long bridge will be capable of withstanding wind speeds of up to 260 km per hour. It will be a part of Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project.
The bridge will be equipped with modern sensors that will detect speed of the wind. The movement of train will be stopped as soon as the wind speed exceeds 90 kmph. To enhance security, the pillars will be made of 63mm thick special blast-proof steel and the bridge will be designed to withstand explosions.
Indian Railways will be working on building the world’s highest railway bridge in Jammu and Kashmir. The bridge is expected be ready in 2019.
A senior railway ministry official involved in the project said that the bridge construction is the most challenging part in the Kashmir rail link project and he also added it will be an engineering marvel once constructed