- A bridge falls on the Jammu-Baramulla railway line, one of the toughest railway projects ever
- The Anji Khad Bridge will connect the Katra and Reasi sections of the Jammu-Baramulla line
- Track alignment was the biggest engineering challenge ever
Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Railway Line: Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has shared breathtaking photos of the Anji Khad Bridge under construction, India’s first cable-stayed railway bridge linking Kashmir.
The bridge falls on the Jammu-Baramulla railway line, one of the toughest railway projects ever, and is under construction.
The Anji Khad Bridge will connect the Katra and Reasi sections of the Jammu-Baramulla line.
Previously, an arch bridge similar to Chenab Bridge was proposed.
The alignment of the track was the greatest engineering challenge ever, only next to the Qingzang Railway in Tibet, permafrost 5,000m above sea level.
To add to the list of achievements, the Udampur-Sringar-Baramulla-Rail-link (USBRL) project has credited itself with a 1,315 meter long bridge, 359 m above the bed of the Chenab River; and another bridge 657 meters long over Anji Khad186 m above the riverbed.
For bridge construction, Weathering Steel is used to eliminate the need for painting. Located in the Reasi district, the bridge over the Chenab River is the highest bridge in the world, 30 meters higher than the Eiffel Tower!
In the Udhampur-Katra section, the challenges are very particular and never encountered before.
Indian Railways battled the issues with steel arches, truss girder support and several feet of shotcrete.
Since bank locomotives will not be used in the railroad, the trip will be faster. There will be provision for future doubling of major bridges and future electrification of the line. Initially, the rail line will use diesel locomotives as the region lacks electrical bandwidth.
The 111 km stretch between the Katra-Banihal section of the lower Himalayas is also progressing at a rapid pace. It has 37 bridges, 20 of which have been completed, and 35 tunnels, including 27 main ones and 8 backup tunnels.
The most advanced and modern technologies in the world are used for the planning and construction of this project. In many cases, new technologies have been developed and sometimes existing methods have been used in innovative ways in consultation with Indian and foreign experts for the execution of the project.
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