Photos of the world’s highest railway bridge, being built across a deep gorge of the Chenab River in Jammu and Kashmir, has been stunning people online.
Sharing the progress of the arch bridge in the making — started in 2002 — Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw tweeted its photo. “The world’s highest arch Chenab Bridge over the clouds,” Vaishnaw tweeted about the structure, which can withstand wind speeds of over 266 kmph.
The Railways Ministry has also shared a few more stunning shots of the bridge.
Standing tall against the picturesque mountains, the structure was photographed with white voluminous clouds looming over the Chenab, flowing some 359 metres below the bridge.
The railway bridge, which is 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower and being constructed between the Bakkal and Kauri in the Reasi district, has been hailed as a major step towards seamless railway connectivity to the Kashmir Valley.
बादलों के बीच अद्भुत इंजीनियरिंग का नमूना पेश करता चिनाब रेल पुल।
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) February 8, 2022
With an overall length of 1,315 metres, the bridge has 17 spans, of which the main steel arch portion across the Chenab river is 476 metres long. The bridge, which is a part of an ambitious railway project, will have a “security setup” against possible terror threats and quakes, railway officials had said earlier in March last year. It can also withstand up to 8 magnitude earthquakes and high-intensity blasts.
The bridge forms the crucial link in the 111-km stretch between Katra and Banihal—part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla section of the Kashmir Railway project and is often dubbed as the biggest civil-engineering initiative taken up by Indian Railways.
The stunning photos of the metallic structure over the clouds have got everyone talking online.
Brilliant civil art, can’t get my eyes off.
Imagine travelling between the clouds not by the airways, instead by the indian railways
— Sarthak Jain (@iamsarthakjain7) February 8, 2022
— Abhishek (@Abhishe47370575) February 8, 2022
— Chetan Shah – ચેતન શાહ (@chetanshahrare) February 8, 2022
Eagerly looking forward to the completion of the missing Rail link to reach Kashmir. It will be a tremendous experience, I am sure, travelling over the highest bridge in the world!!!
— SUDIPTA SEN (@sudipta1969) February 8, 2022
Appreciating the Efforts of Indian Railways for Constructing this Massive Bridge , an Engineering Marvel…
— Shreekumar n Bombay (@Shreekumar3119) February 8, 2022
is going to be good link & will look beautiful too 😍
— Bharatendu Vyas (@BharatenduV) February 8, 2022
— Pranav Mohandas (@pranav_mohandas) February 8, 2022
Quality infrastructure is important for our nation. This bridge already looks stunning. https://t.co/BJbT4pwhAn
— Shrinivas Dempo (@ShrinivasDempo) February 8, 2022
Paradise on The Earth https://t.co/SkQEXro0H7
— Shekar .J (@Shekar35924529) February 8, 2022
On this Train route only Vande Bharat trains with all Vistadome Coaches best suited for viewing amazing nature n India’s iconic rail bridge.
Salute to the construction team n Indian Railways. https://t.co/nXCpHGT8VB
— InDiA💜NeEdS💙PoLiTiCaL💛ReVoLuTiOn❤ThRu🧡AAP (@Raju__Salvi) February 8, 2022