Indian Railways today completed the Arch closure of the iconic Chenab Bridge.
- Chenab Bridge, the world’s highest railway bridge, part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project (USBRL),
- This achievement is a major leap towards the completion of the 111 k.m. long winding stretch from Katra to Banihal.
- In November 2017 the base supports were declared completed allowing for the start of the construction of the main arch
- This completed the shape of the arch that will then loom over the treacherous Chenab, flowing some 359 metres below.
Salient Features of the Arch of the iconic Chenab Bridge:
- Indian Railways is constructing the iconic Arch Bridge on River Chenab as a part of the USBRL project to connect the Kashmir valley to the rest of the nation.
- This bridge is 1315m long.
- This is the highest Railway Bridge in the world being 359m above the river bed level.
- It will be 35 meters higher than the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris (France).
Unique Features of This Bridge:
- Bridge designed to withstand high wind speed up to 266 Km/Hour.
- Bridge designed for blast load in consultation with DRDO for the first time in India.
- Bridge will remain operational at restricted speed of 30 Km/Hour even after removal of one pier/trestle.
- Bridge designed to bear earthquake forces of highest intensity zone-V in India.
- First time on Indian Railways, Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing machine used for testing of welds.
- First time on Indian Railways, NABL accredited lab established at site for weld testing.
- Approx. 584Km welding done to join the different parts of structure, which is to the tune of distance between Jammu Tawi to New Delhi.
- Height of cable crane’s pylon at Srinagar End is 127m, which is much taller than Qutub Minar of 72m.
- Launching of curved viaduct portion done for first time on Indian Railways using End Launching Method.
- Extensive health monitoring and warning systems planned through state of art instrumentation.