Chenab Bridge: Worlds Highest Railway Bridge
Chebab Bridge in Jammu & Kashmir is even 35 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower. India is going to soon open the world’s highest railway bridge for a railway track over the Chenab river. This bridge is now located between the Bakkal and Kauri in the Reasi District of Jammu and Kashmir, India. When the construction of the bridge will complete its height will be 1178 ft, which means it will be 35m taller than the Eiffel Tower. You will be shocked to listen that its construction cost is Rs.1486 crore. According to the stats of the Railway of Ministry, it is the biggest civil-engineering project faced by Indian Railways in History.
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Prominent Features of Chenab Bridge:
- The bridge is constructed 1.3 Km long, in meters its totally length is 473.25 m and it is supported by 96 cables.
- The total weight of Chenab Bridge is 10,619 MT.
- About the designers of Chenab Bridge: For viaduct & foundation- M/s WSP from Finland. For Arch- M/s Leohart, Andra, and partners from Germany. For Protection of Foundation: India Insitute Of Science Banglore.
- In the construction of this bridge, the fabrication of 28,660 MT of steel was needed.
- For structural detailing ‘Tekla’ Software was used.
- Chenab bridge is designed to withstand the impact of blast waves, DRDO consultation was needed which is done the first time in India.
- The bridge is also designed to face wind speeds of 266 Km/hr.
- Initially, the bridge will be operational with a restriction speed of 30km/hr.
- Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing was used to detect any flaws in welding joints. This process was used in the Indian railway for the first time in history.
- Approximately 584km welding was done to join the different parts of the bridge.
Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw shared an amazing picture of the Arch of the Chenab Bridge.