Jammu and Kashmir is famous for its beautiful mountains and culture. But this is something many people might not know about. The Chenab Bridge is the world’s highest railway bridge in Jammu and Kashmir, is almost ready. Also, it is likely to open for railway operations soon. Putting a reference as ‘infrastructure marvel in making’, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal came up with a photo of the 476 m-long steel arches of the upcoming railway bridge.
As per reports, Indian Railways has been constructing this bridge over the Chenab River. It is under Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project (USBRL). At a height of 359 m, Chenab Bridge has always been in the news as it is the world’s highest railway bridge.
As per Deepak Kumar, Chief Public Relations Officer, Northern Railway, the construction of arch closure will be done by March 2021. The construction of the bridge might be done by year end.
- With a height of 359 m above the river bed, Chenab bridge will be 35 m taller than the Eiffel tower.
- This bridge will be 1.315 km with stations at both the ends.
- Being in a deep gorge, wind will pose a significant threat on the stability of the bridge. So, to tackle the issue, modern wind tunnel tests were done in Denmark to finalise the design. This was to make sure that the is able to withstand wind velocity up to 266 kmph.
- It’s made up of steel arches, whereas the mountain slopes supporting the foundations of the main arch have been stabilised.
- Being in an earthquake prone Seismic Zone IV, seismic analysis has been done by various IITs. As per reports, the bridge will be able to withstand earthquake forces up to Seismic Zone V.
- Also, it is ‘blast-proof’ as per consultation with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
- As per reports, the bridge will have a lifespan of 120 years, and have a design speed of 100 km.
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