Saturday, August 23, 2014

Chenab Rail Arch Bridge, India, worlds tallest under construction

The Chenab Bridge is an under-construction rail arch bridge, which spans the Chenab River between Bakkal and Kauri, in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), in India.


When completed, the bridge will be 1,315 m (4,314 ft) long, with a 480 m (1,570 ft) trussed arch span, 359 m (1,178 ft) above the river Chenab and a 650 m (2,130 ft) long viaduct on the Kauri side. Once completed, it will be the tallest rail bridge in the world.

 

The INR5.12bn ($92m) bridge is a part of Jammu-Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Line (JUSBRL) project being undertaken by the Ministry of Indian Railways. The bridge will include a 14m-wide dual carriageway and a 1.2m-wide central verge.

The bridge is part of several bridges and tunnels which makes up the Katra-Laole Section of the JUSBRL Project in Jammu and Kashmir. Another, smaller, arch bridge in the link will be the 657 m (2,156 ft) long, 189 m (620 ft) high Anji Khad bridge between Katra and Reasiover the Raavi river.

The Chenab Bridge was originally scheduled to be completed in December 2009.However, in September 2008 it was announced that the Chenab bridge had been cancelled due to fears over its stability and safety.Work on the bridge restarted in 2010 and once construction is completed in 2015 the Chenab Bridge is expected to be the world's highest rail bridge.

The project is expected to be finished by March 2016 and will have a lifespan of 120 years. It will contribute to the economic development of the state and help in providing better transportation accessibility within the state and the country.

For more details see at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chenab_Bridge