World’s highest rail bridge arch completed on Chenab
JAMMU/NEW DELHI: Indian engineers created history on Monday by completing the arch of the world’s highest railway bridge on Chenab river in J&K, which is 35 metres higher than the Eiffel Tower in France. The completion of the blast proof arch now paves the way for expediting the direct rail link to the Valley from the rest of India.
Offi als said this was the most challenging project the railways had ever undertaken and the most critical portion of Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link, whose construction started in 2004. Ashutosh Gangal, general manger of Northern Railway, said what currently takes 12 hours by road (Katra-Banihal), will take half the time after completion of the bridge. He said the bridge is likely to be completed in a year and the entire rail link would be completed in two and a half years.
He said the arch consists of steel boxes in which concrete will be filled to improve stability while the stay cables which are presently holding the arch will be removed.
He said the overall weight of the arch is 10,619 metric tonnes and the arch work was done by overhead cable cranes for the first time by Indian Railways. PM Narendra Modi lauded the achievement and tweeted, “This feat of construction not only showcases the growing prowess of India in the field of modern engineering and technology but also is an example of changing work culture marked by the ethos of ‘sankalp se siddhi’.”
I am a Punjabi from Kashmir. I never imagined that this super achievement will ever turn from a dream to reality. Amazing!
Congratulations to the engineers, project managers, equipment operations, welders, logisticians, drivers, caterers, and other personnel who carried out this most challenging task.!!
Indian Engineers are always best in their field, especially when Modi is leading the country towards a developed economy
WOW ! Congrats to the Designer who indeed created a history. One more Landmark for Indians. Very eager to travel by this Bridge when completed...
Hats off atleast now India is moveing forward inspit it also feeds ungrate ful morons like sammychennai
Building of infrastructure was the biggest job that was neglected by the Congress for decades. Modi/BJP are doing it on a priority and double speed basis!
Commendable job. Salutes to the whole team ! But the GM's statement that it takes 12hours from Katra to Banihal is absolutely wrong.
usually, the IT cell morons of BJP would have by now praised Modi for it...where are they now...so borig without those morons..lol..
The most important thing for India's economic progress is Infrastructure development and investments. Kudos to all those who are achieved this milestone.
Brahmin Converted To Muslim
The bridge must be named after Aurangzeb, the greatest ruler of India
superb work.... engineering marvel... brains and workmanship matters
There is no denying the capability of our countrymen, they are the best anywhere in the world.
this country will not remember modi in next 50 years as Islam will be the future
We are getting the news in bits and pieces, when the line will finally open and trains start ? This line is supposed to have the world's highest railway station (overtaking some Chinese one by quits some distance), and also, if I recall, one railway station within tunnel (which of course isn't unique).