Chenab rail bridge to offer bungee jumping
India can soon boast about the world’s tallest railway bridge, the construction of which is on in full swing over the Chenab river in the difficult terrain of Jammu and Kashmir. Also, the Chenab rail bridge, the crowning glory of the Kashmir rail link project, is expected to host bungee jumping and many other exciting sport events.
There will be sightseeing points, trekking routes and hotels for tourists in the difficult terrain, railway officials said. The 1.315-km rail bridge at the height of 359 metres over the Chenab, 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower, will have two stations at its both ends. The area was inaccessible earlier and the Railways will have to make 22 km of roads as access path for the construction of the bridge.
Bridge Taller Than The Eiffel Tower Over The Chenab, Cost 1,100 Crores
The government is gearing up already, as two years from now, the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir will be spanned by the world’s highest railway bridge that is expected to be 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower.
The gigantic project that aims at completion by 2019, it is expected to become a tourist attraction in the region. Once completed, it will surpass the record of the Beipan river Shui Bai railway bridge (275 m) in China.
The ambitious project will connect Bakkal (Katra) and Kauri (Srinagar). The bridge forms a crucial link in the 111-km stretch between Katra and Banihal, which is part of the Udhampur- Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project.
The bridge is being constructed at a cost of around Rs 1,100 crore.
Its construction will use over 24,000 tonnes of steel and will rise 359 m above the river bed.
Designed to withstand wind speeds of up to 260 km per hour, the 1.315 km long bridge will be an engineering marvel.
Steel was the material of choice to construct the humongous structure as it is economical and able to resist temperatures of -20 degrees Celsius and wind speeds of above 250 km per hour.
To enhance safety and security, the bridge will be made of 63mm thick special blast-proof steel as the Jammu and Kashmir region is prone to frequent terror attacks.
The concrete pillars of the bridge will be designed to withstand explosions and painted with a special corrosion- resistant paint, which can last for 15 years.
A ring of aerial security will be provided to safeguard the bridge. An online monitoring and warning system will be installed on the bridge to protect the passengers and train in critical conditions.
Footpaths and cycle trails will be built for people.