In a historic second, the railways has related the 2 ends of the principle arch of the world’s highest bridge on the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district which is able to present direct connectivity to Kashmir Valley.
The enduring bridge will soar 359 metres above the mattress of the river and might be 30 metres larger than the enduring Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Railway officers termed the event a “historic” one.
Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had lately shared the information on Twitter.
“In a historic second, the arch backside of the Chenab bridge has been accomplished at the moment. Subsequent, the arch higher of the engineering marvel in making might be accomplished,” he mentioned.
The minister, who additionally shared a video of the achievement, had mentioned it was set to develop into the world’s highest railway bridge.
In a historic second, the arch backside of the Chenab bridge 🌉 has been accomplished at the moment. Subsequent, the arch higher of the engineering marvel in making might be accomplished.
It’s all set to be the world’s highest Railway bridge. pic.twitter.com/dqwN5N2HTE
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) March 14, 2021
Dealing with grave challenges and life-threatening hazards posed by tough terrain and geological thrust zones, engineers and staff are toiling extra time to fulfill the final prolonged deadline set for completion of the world’s highest railway bridge connecting Kashmir with the remainder of the nation.
The Northern Railway might be finishing probably the most troublesome 111-kilometre lengthy part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail hyperlink by December 2022 which might join Kashmir to the remainder of India by way of the railway community, officers mentioned.
The 272 km railway line is being undertaken at an estimated value of Rs 28,000 crore by the Northern Railway.
The primary part connecting Udhampur to Katra and the third part between Banihal and Baramulla have been accomplished with each sections operational.
The work to finish probably the most troublesome Katra-Banihal part goes as per schedule, they mentioned.
The Udhampur-Katra (25 km) part, Banihal-Qazigund (18 km) part and Qazigund-Baramulla (118 km) part have already been commissioned.
The final remaining part, the 111 km Katra-Banihal part is at present below execution, officers mentioned, including that 126 km out of 174 km of tunnels on this part has already been accomplished.
They mentioned the venture is, maybe, probably the most troublesome new railway line venture undertaken in your entire Indian subcontinent.
The terrain passes by way of younger Himalayas, that are filled with geological surprises and quite a few issues. For execution functions, the venture has been divided into three sub-sections, they mentioned.
Katra-Qazigund leg, probably the most troublesome stretch of the venture, and its alignment of this stretch which is 129 km lengthy, passes by way of Patni and Pir Panjal ranges, they mentioned.
This alignment requires development of 62 essential and main bridges and minor bridges, apart from development of 35 tunnels, totalling a size of 103 km and bringing the share of the overall size of the alignment of tunnels to roughly 80 per cent.
The Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail venture is extremely important to supply another and dependable transportation system to Jammu and Kashmir to hitch Kashmir Valley to the Indian Railways community, the officers mentioned.
They mentioned that in view of the significance of this venture in offering seamless and hassle-free connectivity in Jammu and Kashmir, the venture was declared as a nationwide venture in 2002.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in November final 12 months took inventory of the progress of the bold Udhampur-Baramulla rail hyperlink venture and gave specific directions to expedite the work and full it by 2020.