World’s tallest rail bridge higher than Eiffel Tower to come up in Jammu and Kashmir
Chenab bridge, world's tallest rail bridge, will be operational in Jammu and Kashmir in 2019
| Published: May 16, 2017 7:23 PM IST
Published: May 16, 2017 7:23 PM IST | Updated: May 16, 2017 7:23 PM IST
In about two years from now, Jammu and Kashmir will be home to the world’s tallest rail bridge standing high at 359 meters. The Chenab bridge is not only expected to be a prominent landmark of the country, it will also help a great deal in improving transport and connectivity in the Kashmir Valley. There are also plans of various tourism facilities for adventure sports like bungee jumping. This is sure to create employment for locals, more than 1000 of whom are already employed for the construction of the bridge. As expected, engineers working on this project are facing several challenges on account of the difficult topography and high wind speed at that height. however, they are braving through these difficulties and work is on in full swing to meet the expected deadline of 2019. ALSO SEE Dhola-Sadiya: India’s longest bridge to reduce travel time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh by up to 4 hours
Once ready, the 1,315 meter-long bridge is expected to be 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower. Built over the Chenab river, it will serve as the rail link between Srinagar and the rest of the country. The bridge will connect Bakkal in Katra town of Reasi district in Jammu region with Kauri in the Srinagar district. It will have a lifespan of about 120 years. It will be able to withstand an earthquake of high magnitude and also high wind speeds. As a safety measure, sensors will be installed to measure wind speed and if this exceeds 90 km per hour, no trains would be allowed to pass.
Construction of over 200 km of approach roads in the mountainous terrain will provide connectivity to remote villages in the region. While the bridge itself is all set to be a major tourist attraction, there are also several plans for other tourist facilities in the region. Once the bridge is ready, the area will be turned into a tourist hotspot with interesting facilities like water sports, sightseeing points, hotels and other tourism infrastructure. This in turn will help boost economic development. There is already an evident change in the remote region thanks to the new shops and commercial set-ups coming up for the construction workers of the project. Something as simple as bus services that have started for the project have helped connect several far flung villages of the region. You can imagine how much better the local scene would be once the world’s tallest rail bridge becomes operational here. NOW SEE Jammu and Kashmir Valley to get glass-roofed Vistadome train coaches for Europe-like experience
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