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Railways Historic landmark: Arch of world's highest railway bridge on Chenab river completed
Railways Historic landmark: Arch of world's highest railway bridge on Chenab river completed

Taking a major stride towards the completion of the 111 km-long winding stretches from Katra to Banihal, today the Northern Railway zone has completed the Arch closure of the world’s highest railway bridge, Chenab Bridge in Jammu and Kashmir.

 It is being constructed at a cost of Rs 1,486 crore as part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Railway Link (USBRL) project.  The bridge that soars 359 meters above Chenab river, is 35-meter higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It is expected to be completed within a year. 

The Railway Ministry said the 5.6-meter last piece of metal (closure segment) was fitted at the highest point of the arch on Monday. It joined the two arms of the arch that currently stretch towards each other from both banks of the Chenab. 

Northern Railway General Manager Ashutosh Gangal said the construction of the bridge involves fabrication of 28,660 metric tonnes of steel, 10 lakh cubic metres earthwork and 66,000 cubic metres of concrete. He said the overall weight of the arch is 10,619 metric tonnes and "the erection of members of the arch by overhead cable cranes was done for the first time by the Indian Railways".

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