‘World’s Highest Rail Bridge To Be Ready By Sept’

Srinagar- Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Friday that the world’s highest bridge being built over Chenab in the Union Territory will be complete by September this year.

“As you all know that the world’s highest railway bridge over Chenab is being built. It will be completed in September this year. With its completion, our motive to connect Kashmiri to Kanyakumari will be achieved,” Sinha said.

The Chenab Bridge, the world's highest rail viaduct linking Kashmir Valley with the rest of the country by rail route, is designed to withstand 40 kg of TNT blast and earthquake of magnitude eight on Richter Scale.

A national project with 100 percent of central funding, the bridge is being built on Chenab river between Bakkal and Kauri in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.

After the completion of the bridge, the Chenab Bridge will boast of having the world's highest rail bridge -- 359 metre above the river and around 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower.

The bridge forms a crucial and the most difficult link in the 111 km-stretch between Katra and Banihal, which is part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project.

The construction of the bridge was started in 2002 when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister.

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