Indian Railways on Monday achieved an unparalleled feat when the 5.6-metre-long last piece of metal (a closure segment) was fitted at the highest point of the arch of the world’s highest railway bridge. The bridge runs over Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district.
The bridge, which is 35-metre higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris, is expected to be completed within a year, said Northern Railway General Manager Ashutosh Gangal at the work site in Reasi.
“It is a historic day for the Northern Railways and a milestone in the completion of the USBRL project, connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country. The project will be completed within two and a half years,” Gangal added.
The final metal closure joined the two arms of the arch that currently stretch towards each other from both banks of the Chenab.
The construction of the arch of the world’s highest railway bridge, which soars 359 metres above the bed of the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir, was completed on Monday.
The 1.3 kilometre-long bridge aims to boost connectivity to the Kashmir Valley and is being constructed at a cost of ₹1,486 crore as part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Railway Link (USBRL) project.