Earlier this year, the national carrier marked a significant construction milestone with the completion of the bridge’s steel arch.
Chenab Bridge, the world’s highest railway bridge, which is part of the ambitious Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Link Project (USBRL), is another engineering marvel of Indian Railways. Once fully completed, the 1,315-meter bridge over the Chenab River will stand 359 meters above river bed level, making it the highest railway bridge in the world. Recently, Minister of State for Railways Darshana Gardosh shared some great photos of the arch. Earlier this year, the national carrier marked a significant construction milestone with the completion of the bridge’s steel arch. According to the Ministry of Railways, this was one of the most difficult parts of the bridge over the Chenab River.
The ministry also stated that it is the biggest civil engineering challenge faced by any Indian railway project in modern history. She added that the last piece of metal, 5.6 meters high, was installed at the highest point and connected the two arched arms that extend towards each other from the two banks of the river. This completed the bridge’s arch shape. Some of the salient features of the arch of the Chenab Bridge are:
- The national carrier has built the iconic Arch Bridge as part of the USBRL to connect the Kashmir Valley with the rest of India.
- The railway bridge is 1,315 meters long.
- This is the highest railway bridge in the world with a height of 359 meters above the level of the river bed.
- It is said that the arch of the bridge is 35 meters higher than the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris (France).
- The development of the Chenab Bridge involved the manufacture of 28,660 metric tons of steel, 10,000 cubic meters of earthworks, 66,000 precast concrete, as well as 26 kilometers of motorized road.
- The arch of the bridge is made of steel boxes. Concrete is said to be filled into arch boxes in order to improve stability.
- The total weight of the bridge arch is 10,619 metric tons.
- Arch members were installed by overhead cable hoists for the first time on the Indian Railways network.
- Software “Tekla” was used for structural details.
- Structural steel is suitable for temperature of -10°C to 40°C.
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