A railway line connecting Kashmir valley to rest of the state (Jammu) and India is currently under construction. This railway project is christened as USBRL Project (Udhampur Srinagar Baramulla Railway Link). Apart from hilly terrain, rough weather, the project faces a demanding task of assembling a bridge over river Chenab. The bridge spans Chenab between Bakkal and Kauri of Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district. Also Read- India to have world’s highest railway bridge in the Himalayas by 2016
The bridge is estimated to be 1315 metres long and will boast the height of 359 metres from the river bed, making it the world’s tallest arch bridge. The bridge will be 35 metres higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Upon completion, the bridge will facilitate railway connectivity in the state, which is currently operational up to Katra from Jammu end and Banihal in Kashmir. One of the characteristics of the bridge is that it will be able to withstand an earthquake of intensity eight on the Richter scale.
The bridge is being constructed by AFCONS and is no doubt an engineering marvel. The construction company has released a video giving insights on the project.