Construction on for world`s highest rail bridge
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Last Updated: Friday, May 27, 2011, 20:43
Srinagar: The country is inching towards a world record with the construction of highest rail bridge over Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir going on in full swing.

To be built at a height of 359 metre over river Chenab, the rail bridge will be 35 metre taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Currently, the world's tallest bridge is on France's Torn river. Its tallest pillar has height of 340 m while the actual height at which the trains run on the bridge is 300 m.

"Once the construction is completed, the bridge will qualify for world record," Northern Railway Chief Administrative Officer Chahatey Ram said.

Coming up at a distance of 65 km away from Katra, the bridge is a crucial link in the Kashmir rail project connecting Katra with Qazigund.

Constructed by Konkan Railway, the 1,315-metre-long Chenab bridge is estimated to consume about 25,000 million tonnes of structural steel.

As a precaution measure, the Railways have decided not to allow trains cross the Chenab bridge if the wind velocity is more than 90 km per hour.

If the wind velocity is more than 90 km then it might cause tilting of the train at this height. So the signalling system is designed in such a way that it would not give green signal when the wind speed is not favourable, Ram said.


First Published: Friday, May 27, 2011, 20:43

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