Train Service on World's Highest Railway Bridge over Chenab River to Begin Soon
Train Service on World's Highest Railway Bridge over Chenab River to Begin Soon

Train services will soon commence on the world's highest railway bridge over the Chenab River, connecting Ramban to Reasi, according to Northern Railway officials.

Currently, trains run along the railway line from Kanyakumari to Katra, and services also operate from Baramulla to Sangaldan in the Kashmir Valley.

Vishesh Mahajan, Deputy Commissioner of Reasi, expressed pride in the achievement, stating, "This is an engineering marvel of the modern world. The day when the train will reach Reasi will be a game-changing day for the district. It is a proud moment for us, as our engineers have created a marvel. It is the eighth wonder of the world. The bridge, the wind speed, and its strength are wonderful. The exact date cannot be said, but I hope the day comes soon."

Railway officials recently conducted an extensive inspection of the newly constructed railway line and stations between Sangaldan in Ramban district and Reasi.

Sujay Kumar, Deputy Chief Engineer from Konkan Railways, described the project as highly challenging. "People affected by this project are all very happy. We hope everything will be completed soon," he said.

The Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project is expected to be completed by the year-end.

The USBRL project, which includes the 48.1 km Banihal-Sangaldan section, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 20, 2024. Phase I of the project, covering the 118 km Qazigund-Baramulla section, was inaugurated in October 2009. Subsequent phases saw the inauguration of the 18 km Banihal-Qazigund section in June 2013 and the 25 km Udhampur-Katra section in July 2014.

The Chenab Rail Bridge, constructed 359 meters (around 109 feet) above the Chenab River in the Jammu and Kashmir region, stands taller than the Eiffel Tower by 35 meters. The 1,315-meter-long bridge is part of a broader project aimed at integrating the Kashmir valley into the Indian Railway network.

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