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World's tallest rail bridge in J&K to be taller than Eiffel Tower: 14 developments

The bridge is currently under construction over the Chenab river.


World's tallest rail bridge in J&K to be taller than Eiffel Tower: 14 developments

Srinagar: India will soon add another feather to its cap when it will complete the construction of world's tallest railway bridge in Jammu and Kashmir.

The bridge is currently under construction over the Chenab river.

Here are the 10 developments:

1/ The project is designed by consultants from Finland and Germany.

2/ The bridge is 1.315 km long and will stand at a height of 359 metres over the Chenab, which is 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower.

3/ The iconic bridge forms crucial link in the 111-km stretch between Katra and Banihal which is part of the railway's Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla section.

4/ Since the area is in a high seismic zone, special care is being taken by DRDO.

5/ The total cost of the project is Rs 12,000 crore.

6/ Currently, 1,400 men are working through the day to complete the structure by March, 2019.

7/ "It is an incredible undertaking because you are building a very large steel bridge in a very remote location," said UK-based consultant David Mackenzie.

8/ The area was inaccessible earlier and the railways had to make 22 km of road as access path for the construction of the bridge.

9/ According to the plan, a ring of aerial security will be provided to safeguard the bridge.

10/ An online monitoring and warning system will be installed on the bridge to protect passengers and trains in critical conditions.

11/ Footpaths and cycle trails will be provided adjacent to it.

12/ Railways will install sensors on the bridge to check wind velocity and as soon as the wind speed exceeds 90 kmph, the signal on the track will turn red, preventing train movement.

13/ There will also be a ropeway on the bridge for inspection and maintenance purposes.

14/ Steel was the chosen material to construct the humongous bridge as it is able to resist temperatures of minus 20 degrees Celsius and wind speeds of above 250 kmph.

14/ It will require mammoth 24,000-plus tonnes of steel to construct the bridge.

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