Chenab Bridge

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Overview:

Chenab Bridge, the world’s highest steel arch rail bridge situated in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi town, is set to be developed as a tourist spot.

About Chenab Bridge:

  • Location: It is located between Bakkal and Kauri in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
  • The 1.3-km-long bridge is located 359 metres above the Chenab riverbed.
  • It is the highest single-arch railway bridge in the world.
  • It is part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link project.
  • Features:
    • The arch consists of steel boxesConcrete has been filled in the boxes to improve stability.
    • The bridge has been designed with a life span of 120 years. 
    • It has been designed to withstand high wind speeds of up to 266 Kmph. 
    • It is capable of withstanding the nation’s maximum intensity zone-V earthquake forces.

 

Key Facts about Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) Project:

  • The USBRL Project involves the construction of a railway line from Udhampur to Baramulla, joining the Kashmir valley with the Indian Railways network.
  • Aim: To connect Kashmir to the rest of the country and give a push to development in the valley.
  • Total Length: 272 km
  • The project was declared a “National Project” in 2002.
  • The project includes the construction of several bridges and tunnels along the route.
  • This project involves 38 tunnels (combined length of 119 Km), with the longest tunnel (T-49) having a length of 12.75 Km and is the country's longest transportation tunnel
  • There are 927 nos. of bridges (combined length of 13 Km), including the iconic Chenab Bridge.
  • The project includes the Indian Railway's first cable-stayed, bridge which is being constructed on Anji Khad.

 


Q1) What is the Anji Khad Bridge?

It is an under-construction rail bridge in Jammu & Kashmir on the Indian Railways Jammu – Baramulla rail line. It will connect the Union Territory of Kashmir with the rest of the country by train. It is constructed over the Anji River, a tributary of the Chenab River between Katra and Reasi.

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