In 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 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower.
The massive arch- shaped structure, being constructed at a cost of around Rs 1,100 crore in hostile terrain, will use over 24,000 tonnes of steel and will rise 359 m above the river bed.
Designed to-withstand wind speeds of upto 260 km per hour, the 1.315 km long “engineering marvel” will connect Bakkal (Katra) and kauri (Srinagar). The bridge forms crucial link in the 111-km stretch between Katra and Banihal, which is part of the Udhampur- Srinagar- Baramulla rail link project.
The concrete pillars of the bridge will be designed to withstand explosions and painted with a special corrosion- resistant paint, which lasts for 15 years.