The arch of the world's highest railway bridge over the Chenab river is nearing completion.  |  Photo Credit: PTI
- The rail line, announced as a national project all the way back in 2002, is being constructed and managed by the Konkan Railway
- Conducted in tandem with the AFCONS group, the total outlay for the 1.3km bridge is expected to stand at Rs 1,250 crore
- The bridge will be the final, and most crucial component of the 111-km rail line connecting Katra and Banihal
On Monday, the Indian Railways achieved an unparalleled milestone having placed a 5.6 metre-long piece of metal (a closure segment) at the highest point on the arch of what is to be the world's highest railway bridge.
The bridge, which travels across the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district, is, reportedly, 35 metres higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and is expected to reach completion within the year, according to Northern Railway General Manager Ashutosh Gangal. “It is a historic day for the Northern Railways and a milestone in the completion of the USBRL project, connecting Kasmir with the rest of the country. The project will be completed within two and a half years,” he added.
December 2022 is the reported deadline for the ambitious Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project that will link Kashmir, for the first time in India's history, to the rest of the country via a railway network.
The rail line, announced as a national project all the way back in 2002, is being constructed and managed by the Konkan Railway. In January 2020, Konkan Railway Chairman Sanjay Gupta briefed reporters stating that the project was the “most challenging task” in the history of Indian Railways, stating that the bridge itself, once completed, will be an “engineering marvel.”