‘Engineering Marvel’ Of Indian Railways: Have A Look On The World’s Highest Rail Bridge; Taller Than Eiffel Tower

by Shatakshi Gupta

In Jammu and Kashmir, the world’s highest railway bridge is almost ready to use. Its construction started more than three years ago. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has shared a photo of this 476 meter long bridge built on a steel structure on the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir. Along with photo he tweeted, “Infrastructural Marvel in Making: Indian Railways is well on track to achieve another engineering milestone with the steel arch of Chenab bridge reaching at closure position. It is all set to be the world’s highest Railway bridge.

This will be the highest railway bridge in the world. This rainbow shaped bridge is part of the ambitious project of the railway that will connect Kashmir with the rest of India

Highlights of the Bridge:

  • Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL) is constructing the Chenab bridge on a 111 km long challenging route under the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project.
  •  It will connect the valley to the rest of the country via railways.
  • According to railway officials, the Chenab bridge is being constructed 359 meters above the bottom of the Chenab river.
  • It will be 35 meters higher than the Eiffel Tower.
  • The length of the Chenab bridge would be 1,315 meters with 17 spans, of which the main arch across the Chenab River would be 467 meters in length.
  • It is designed to withstand 40 kg of TNT (explosive) explosions and an earthquake of eight magnitude on the Richter scale.
  • Even after the explosion, the train can pass through it at a speed of 30 km per hour.
  • The construction of the bridge is being monitored round the clock in New Delhi through the ‘electronic eyes’ of the PMO and the Railway Board. 
  • The bridge is the most important and the most important link between Katra and Banihal in the 111 km long section.