After the longest rail-road bridge - the Bogibeel bridge, India is all set to get the highest railway arch bridge - Chenab Bridge in the world. The Indian Railways is building the world's highest railway bridge over the Chenab river in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and it is said to be taller than the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday took to Twitter to share a video showing the construction of the Chenab Bridge. He captioned the post saying, "Railways is on track to achieve another engineering milestone with the Chenab Bridge all set to be the highest railway arch bridge in the world.
The 1.315-km-long bridge, costing around Rs 1,250 crore, is a part of Jammu-Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Line (JUSBRL) project undertaken by the Ministry of Railways, and will traverse along the same line in Jammu and Kashmir.
It is being built at a height of 359 metres above the Chenab river which will make it 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower. Furthermore, it will have railway stations at both the ends forming a crucial link in 111-km stretch between Katra and Banihal in the state.
Here are other technical features of the bridge:
Bridge height: 1,315 m (4,314 ft)
Bridge Arch span: 467 m (1,532 ft)
Arch length: 480 m (1,570 ft)
(Chenab bridge image tweeted by Financial Express/Ministry of Railways)
As per reports, the DRDO has closely worked with the Indian Railways to ensure that the bridge can withstand any kind of attack. The bridge is being made of 63 mm-thick special blast-proof steel to enhance more security and safety.
According to Indian Railways, the second and third highest railway arch bridges are Najiehe Railway bridge with a height of 310 m at Liuchangxiang, Guizhou, China and Bejpan River Shuibai Railway bridge (at a height of 275 m) at Liupanshui, Guizhou, China, respectively.