Main Arch Of World’s Highest Bridge, On Chenab River In Jammu and Kashmir, Launched

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The renowned bridge will skyrocket 359 metres above the bed of the River Chenab and will be 30 metres greater than the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

All India|Press Trust of India|Updated: November 06, 2017

The bridge will skyrocket 359 metres above the Chenab and will be 30 metres greater than Eiffel Tower

KAURI: Railways has actually introduced the primary arch of the world’s greatest bridge on the River Chenab in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district which will supply direct connection to the Kashmir valley.

The renowned bridge will skyrocket 359 metres above the bed of the River Chenab and will be 30 metres greater than the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The bridge forms the important link in the 111-km stretch in between Katra and Banihal which belongs to the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla area of the Kashmir Railway task

“We have actually started the deal with setups of primary arch in between 2 sides of the bridge. We have actually introduced the main-arch”, MK Gupta, Member Engineering, Railway Board informed press reporters Kauri, Reasi district the other day.

“The renowned bridge is being built on River Chenab on the Katra-Banihal area as part of the flagship Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) Project,” Mr Gupta stated.

The launch of the primary arch is a notable endeavour as it requires bring heavy sectors from 2 ends of the bridge – Kauri end and Bakkal end – and includes the world longest cable television crane plan.

The 1.3-km-long bridge is being built at an expense of Rs. We will finish it by May 2019″, Mr Gupta stated.

“The work has actually been released concurrently from both the sides. The style of the bridge has actually been made to sustain earthquake of magnitude 8 on the Richter scale”, he stated.

National and international experts have actually been engaged throughout different phases of the task. Comprehensive geo-physical research studies, seismic research studies and slope stability research studies have actually been consisted of.

The erection of the bridge is a job in itself. To accomplish these pylons were set up on either side of the river, and 2 auxiliary self-propelled cable television cranes were utilized to tow short-term auxiliary ropes throughout these pylons, they stated.

“The ropes were utilized to support the partially ended up arch parts. Both the embankments of Chenab dealing with downstream have tough cherty dolomite and quartzite forming high cliffs”, a leading engineer stated.

The launch is generally carried out in a series of increments so that extra areas can be contributed to the back of the superstructure system prior to subsequent launches, he stated.

Mr Gupta stated that 3 huge workshops for carrying out fabrication of steel structure has actually been commissioned at Srinagar end of bridge and one at Katra end of the bridge.

“For releasing function, plans through pylons with cable television cranes covering the whole canyon have actually been finished effectively. The cable television crane assembly consisting of pylons at period of 915 meters is the longest on the planet. For the very first time a Railways viaduct was released on curve of 2.74 degree”, he stated.

The authorities stated that more than 1,300 employees and 300 engineers have actually been working day-and-night to finish the bridge by May 2019.

The building and construction began in 2004, however the work was dropped in 2008-09 on the element of security of rail passengers due to regular high speed winds in the location.

The authorities stated that it was lastly chosen to stop train operations when the wind speed touches 90 kmh with the assistance of the automated signalling system and anemometer (instrument to determine the speed of winds).

He stated the bridge under building can stand up to end up to 260 kmph and its life expectancy will be 120 years.

On the other side of the Chenab river, the Railways is building 3 huge tunnels of different lengths T2 (5.9 KM), T3 (9.37 km) and T14 (13 km).