World’s highest rail bridge on Chenab to withstand 40 kg-TNT blast, earthquake of intensity 8

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The Chenab Bridge, the world’s highest rail viaduct linking Kashmir Valley with the rest of the country by rail route, is designed to withstand 40 kg of TNT blast and earthquake of magnitude eight on Richter Scale, said a Konkan Railway’s top engineer on Tuesday.

The upcoming “next man-made wonder”, being built under the direct supervision of the PMO and Railway Board, is likely to be completed by December 2021, said Chief Engineer (Coordination) R K Hegde of Konkan Railways, which is executing the project

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A national project with 100 percent of central funding, the bridge is being built on Chenab river between Bakkal and Kauri in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The bridge is being built under a round-the-clock monitoring directly by the Prime Minister’s Office and the Railway Board in New Delhi through “electronic eyes”, he said.

After the completion of the bridge, the Chenab Bridge will boast of having the world’s highest rail bridge — 359 metre above the river and around 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower.

The bridge forms a crucial and the most difficult link in the 111 km-stretch between Katra and Banihal, which is part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project, he said.

“So far, 83 percent of the work has been completed. For the overall completion of the Chenab bridge project, the deadline is December 2021,” Hedge said.