Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal has shared a picture of the steel arch of the under-construction railway bridge over the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir and has termed it an ‘infrastructural marvel in making’.
The minister tweeted, “Infrastructural Marvel in Making: Indian Railways is well on track to achieve another engineering milestone with the steel arch of Chenab bridge reaching at closure position. It is all set to be the world’s highest Railway bridge.”
The bridge is popularly known as Anji Khad Bridge, and its overall length is 1,315 metres. It is being built above the Chenab river at a height of 359 metres in Jammu and Kashmir. It will be around 30 metres taller than the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris.
It will be country’s first cable-stayed Indian Railways bridge and will be a key link in the 111-km stretch between Katra and Banihal which is part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla section of the Kashmir Railway project.
The railway officials had reportedly stated during the launch of the project that the railway bridge will be able to withstand up to 8 magnitude earthquakes and high-intensity blasts.