Indian Railways to Build World’s Highest Rail Bridge by 2021

Jammu will be home to yet another engineering marvel by Indian Railways

Shraddha Varma

The Indian Railways, one of the largest railway networks in the world, is also known as the creator of some of world’s best modern man-made wonders. The latest in this list will be bridge on the Katra-Banihal railway line, over the Chenab River, to connect the Kashmir Valley to the rest of the country. Estimated to be completed by December 2021, the 1.3km Chenab Bridge will the highest rail bridge in the world. The railway bridge is a part of Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla new line project which, on completion, is expected to connect Anantnag, Pulwama, Sopian, Badgam, Srinagar and Baramulla districts of Jammu & Kashmir State to the railway network.

Indian Railways shares that the viaduct is being constructed 359 metres above the river bed and will be 30 metres higher than the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. The Konkan Railway is executing the Chenab rail bridge project. It has assigned approx. 1400 men including 500 locals to complete the structure.

The rail minister Piyush Goyal took to Twitter to share pictures of the ongoing construction and wrote, “All weather rail connectivity – embarking on a dream project, Indian Railways is building world’s highest rail bridge on Chenab connecting the Kashmir Valley, An engineering marvel, it will facilitate trade & be a strategic asset for the Indian armed forces.”

The construction of this steel and concrete arch bridge was announced in 2002 and was intended to be completed in 2009. However, in September 2008, it was halted considering the safety of passengers  due to the frequent high-velocity winds in the area. The work on this structure resumed in 2010.

From the 100-year-old Pamban Bridge, India’s first sea bridge that connects Rameswaram to mainland Tamil Nadu to the tunnel No. 33 on the Kalka-Shimla rail route—it’s a long list structural achievement for Indian Railways. You can check out LF’s homage to the national transporter on Station Master’s Tiffin with chef and explorer Ranveer Brar.

Apart from the Chenab Bridge, Indian Railways is also working on two other significant railway bridges: the new Pamban Bridge, whose foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the Bridge No. 164 in the Himalayan Ranges, which is expected to enhance connectivity across the North East. 


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