India to have world’s highest railway bridge in the Himalayas by 2016

The world’s highest railway bridge is being built in the Himalayas in India! The bridge which is expected to be completed by 2016 is supposed to be 35 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower. The construction is going on to connect two ends of the breathtaking Chenab River which is surrounded by the incredible mountainous region of Jammu and Kashmir.

After the completion, the bridge would be 359 metres (1, 177 feet) high which would exceed the world’s tallest railway bridge over the Beipanjiang River in China’s Guizhou province. The bridge is 275 metres long.

According to Indian Railway officials it is an engineering marvel and they hope that the bridge would be ready by 2016. An Indian Railway official said, “the design would ensure that it withstands seismic activities and high wind speeds.”

Although the project began in 2002, the weather in the region had been giving the workers a tough time. Strong winds and safety concerns kept the project at halt till 2008 before being green-lighted again two years later. The Konkan Railway Corporation which is a subsidiary of state-owned Indian Railway is handling the cost of the project,estimates the amount to be at USD 92 million.

25, 000 tones of steel along with some material which has been transported by helicopter due to the tough terrain is being used for the 1, 315 meter long bridge.  The main arch is being erected using two cable cranes attached to either side of the river.

One of the railway official said,”One of the biggest challenges involved was constructing the bridge without obstructing the flow of the river. Approach roads had to be constructed to reach the foundations of the bridge.”

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