Over the past few years, the world’s highest railway bridge is being built that connects Kashmir valley with Katra in Jammu and with the country’s remaining.
The rail bridge’s total length is 1.3 Km and can withstand an earthquake measuring higher than 7 on the Richter scale.
Built over the Chenab river, this bridge will be 35 metres taller than the architectural wonder Eiffel Tower.
Set to be completed by August 2022, this bridge will cut the travel time from Katra to Srinagar by 5-6 hours.
This project falls under the projects undertaken by Konkan Railway Corporation Limited and is part of Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL).
Deputy Chief Engineer RR Malik, also the product manager for the bridge project, said the deadline to finish the bridge’s construction is by 2022. He also remarked that building a bridge in such geography and rough terrain is not easy.
With the bridge based in Reasi district of J&K, a major tourism surge is predicted with increased footfalls at the Vaishno Devi shrine.
Denoted as ‘a bridge of one of its kinds’ by Indu Kanwal Chib (KAS), Deputy Commissioner, Reasi, also features a helipad that makes it easier for people from Delhi to travel via choppers.
The bridge will boost the local economy, generate employment opportunities, and increase activities in the J&K region.
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