A new deadline for the completion of the highest railway bridge of the world has been set by the government. Kashmir will soon be connected with the rest of the country through the railway network. The rail line, which will be about 35 m taller than Eiffel Tower, is set to be completed by December 2021.
The project is extremely challenging. While addressing the reporters, Sanjay Gupta, the Chairman of Konkan Railway, said “It is the most challenging task in the 150-year-long history of the railways. The highest railway bridge in the world, connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country through rail line, will be completed by December 2021.”
He added, “The construction of the bridge is the most challenging part of the Kashmir rail link project undertaken post-independence and, once completed, it will be an engineering marvel.”
He further informed that the humongous arch-shaped bridge which will be 359 meters above the river bed, has used more than 5,462 tonnes of steel.
The 1.315 km long structure will connect Kauri (Srinagar) and Bakkal (Katra). Moreover, it will be able to withstand up to 260 mph of wind speeds.
On completion, this engineering marvel will break the record of China’s Beipan river Shuibai railway bridge that is 275 m long.
The upcoming bridge provides an important link in the 111-km stretch between Banihal and Katra-a part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project.
Gupta further added that the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project is extremely crucial for offering a bankable alternative system of transportation to Jammu and Kashmir in order to connect the Valley to the Indian Railways network.
He also added that back in 2002, this project was declared as a national project owing to its importance in providing reliable connectivity in J&K.