New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district will soon come up with the world's highest railway bridge which will be 35 metres taller than Eiffel Tower. The bridge which is being built over Chenab river is likely to be completed by August 2022.
The bridge will connect Kashmir valley with Katra in Jammu and the rest of the country. It will also reduce the journey time by 5-6 hours from Katra to Srinagar.
Deputy Chief Engineer RR Malik who is also the product manager said,"We have deadline of 2022". When asked about how difficult the task is given the geography he said,"It is not easy job, building in such terrain."
Reasi district of J&K, famous for Vaishno Devi shrine is expected to get major uptick in tourism with the highest railway bridge project.
Indu Kanwal Chib (KAS), Deputy Commissioner, Reasi said," this bridge will be one of its kind. It has a helipad, so what will happen, people from Delhi can come via chopper"
He added, "local employment it will generate. Hectic activity will happen. It will also boost local economy. People of my districts are waiting for it to be finished"
Total length of the rail bridge is 1.3 km long and it can withstand earthquake measuring more than 7 on Richter scale.
The project is being developed by Konkan Railway Corporation Limited and is a part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project and he Udhmapur-Katra (25 Km) section, Banihal-Quazigund (18 Km) section and Quazigund-Baramulla (118Km) section have already been commissioned.