World’s highest rail bridge taller than Eiffel Tower will be build on Chenab

A railway bridge taller than the Eiffel Tower is being built across the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir and is slated to be ready by 2019. It will be the world’s highest railway bridge. The 1.3 km long “engineering marvel” will connect Bakkal in Jammu’s Katra and Kauri in Srinagar. The arch-shaped 35-metre tall structure is being constructed at a cost of 1,110 crores. The bridge will be a crucial link that connects the Kashmir valley to the rest of the country, part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project.The structure will be made of over 24,000 tonnes of steel and will rise 359 metres above the Chenab bed. The special blast-proof steel can withstand terror attacks and can resist extremely low temperatures and high wind speeds. According to officials,, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged of India’s longest road tunnel between Chennai and Nashri in the state. With the roads in the region being prone to snow and landslides in winter, the Jammu-Srinagar national highway remains blocked for most parts of the season, cutting the Kashmir valley off from the rest of the country.

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