SRINAGAR: The Indian Railways on Monday said that it has completed the Arch closure of the iconic Chenab Bridge, which is world’s highest railway bridge being constructed over river Chenab in Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement issued to the news agency KNO, the official spokesperson said that the Chenab Bridge, the world’s highest railway bridge, which is part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project (USBRL) has set an important construction milestone today with the completion of the steel arch of the iconic Bridge.
“This was one of the most difficult parts of the bridge over Chenab. This achievement is a major leap towards the completion of the 111 km long winding stretch from Katra to Banihal. It is arguably the biggest civil-engineering challenge faced by any railway project in India in recent history,” the statement reads.
It reads that the 5.6-metre last piece of metal was fitted at the highest point today and joined the two arms of the arch that currently stretch towards each other from both the banks of the river.
“This completed the shape of the arch that will then loom over the treacherous Chenab, flowing some 359 metres below. After completion of the arch work, removal of the stay cables, filling of the concrete in the arch rib, erection of the steel trestle, launching of the viaduct and track laying work will be taken up,” it reads.
The statement further reads that the completion of the historic Arch work was also seen by Piyush Goyal Minister for Railways and Commerce & Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Suneet Sharma, CEO-cum-Chairman, Railway Board, Ashutosh Gangal and General Manager Northern Railway through video conferencing.
As per the statement, Indian Railways is constructing the iconic Arch Bridge on River Chenab as a part of the USBRL project to connect the Kashmir valley to the rest of the nation.
“This bridge is 1315m long and is the highest Railway Bridge in the world being 359m above the river bed level. It will be 35 meters higher than the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris (France).”
It reads that the construction of the Bridge involved the fabrication of 28,660 MT steel, 10 Lakh Cum Earthwork, 66,000 Cum Concrete and 26 Km motorable roads.
“Arch consists of steel boxes. Concrete will be filled in boxes of the Arch to improve stability. The overall weight of Arch is 10,619 MT. Erection of the members of the arch by overhead cable cranes has been done for the first time on Indian Railways.
As per the statement, the most sophisticated ‘Tekla’ software was used for structural detailing and structural steel is suitable for -10°C to 40°C temperature.