Opening soon: route from Delhi to Kashmir, including the highest railway bridge in the world

A 12.6 km long T-49B tunnel is being constructed on the 111 km railway line that connects Katra to Banihal. The majority of this track is already finished. There will be a total of 37 bridges built along the Banihal road, including 35 tunnels in Srinagar and 26 large and 11 small bridges.

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The 93 km of tunnels of the Jammu railway line, which will be completed in 2023, cross the Himalayas. 93 km of the 110 km railway from Udhampur to Banihal are tunnels, and lighting systems will be installed in these tunnels to regulate rail traffic. Reasi, Salal A, Salal B, Daga, Bhasin Didhar, Singaldan and Sambar stations will be erected alongside this network of tunnels.

The challenging one-kilometre stretch through the Himalayan mountain range on the 111 km Katra to Banihal railway line is currently under construction. This section will have 97 kilometers of tunnels. The trains run on three sections of the railway line which are each 25 kilometers long, from Udhampur to Katra, 18 kilometers from Banihal to Qazigund and 118 kilometers from Qazigund to Baramulla.

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Additionally, the Reasi District of the Baramulla Railway Line has the world’s largest railway bridge under construction across the Chenab River. The arch above the bridge deck will be completed this month after the steel arch. The completion will open a new chapter in the history of Jammu and Kashmir.

By constructing the largest railway bridge in the world, India will achieve an important goal. Gold seals will be used to finish the upper deck later this month. In Reasi district, this bridge is located close to Kavari village on the upper bank of Salal Bandh.

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The Northern Railway is constructing the bridge, which is the highest railway bridge in the world, as part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla railway link project at an estimated cost of 28,000 crore. The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France will be 35 meters lower than this railway bridge.

This railway bridge, known as “Chenab Bridge”, will span the Chenab River at a height of 1315 meters, 359 meters above sea level. With a height of 275 meters above sea level, the tallest railway bridge at the time was located over the Beipanjiang River in Guizhou Province, China. The 111 km long Katra-Banihal railway line, for which huge Himalayan hills are exploited, will now be completed, which is a significant achievement.

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The installation of the arch prior to the construction of the deck was one of the greatest civil engineering challenges in India’s recent history, with a 5.6 meter span at the top of the bridge connected to the center of the two sides. Of the 111 km. There are 97 km of tunnels, or more than 85%. The construction of tunnels on this scale has not been carried out in any other part of the country. About 86 km of excavation work has been completed so far. Built on Darya Chenab, the arch of this bridge is able to withstand winds of 266 kilometers per hour.

The length of the bridge is 1315 meters. The number of pillars is 17. 28,660 metric tons of steel were used for its construction, at an estimated cost of 1,486 crores. The weight of the bow installed is 10,619 metric tons. The steel used in the structure is suitable for temperatures ranging from minus 10 degrees Celsius to minus 40 degrees Celsius. The bridge will have a minimum lifespan of 120 years and will be built for trains at a speed of 100 km. This bridge has a wind resistance rating of 266 km/h, withstands blast loads, and is very earthquake resistant.

The bridge has 93 deck segments, each weighing around 85T, simultaneously launched over reinforced steel arches from both ends, and work is underway on five. Both ends will eventually be joined with “High Strength Friction Grip” (HSFG) bolts to complete the upper deck of the bridge. The bridge was built by Afcons, a Mumbai-based company.

Gary Dhar Raja Gopalan, Deputy Managing Director of African Company, said, “The completion of the 359 meter high arch bridge over the Chenab River will be an extraordinary achievement. I pay tribute to every engineer and worker who contributed to this unprecedented technical achievement. This golden seal will be written in gold letters in the history of Indian Railways. All the structural engineering work was done by Indian engineers making Chenab Railway Bridge a symbol of “self-sufficient India”.

Appreciating the role of Northern Railway and Konkan Railway Corporation in finalizing the Chenab Bridge design, Giri Dhari added, “We were assisted with technical issues, approval of drawings etc. by Northern Railway and Konkan Railway Corporation (KRCL) which created local employment.” KRCL constructed roads to reach the project site until the construction of this bridge. This provided connectivity to remote areas of the region .

According to him, the Northern Railway allowed them to use a phased array ultrasonic testing machine for weld inspection, a first in India. A fully equipped NABL laboratory was set up for the first time in India to ensure that quality was controlled at every stage of the project even over time. Before starting the actual works, Afcons engineers, with the help of Konkan Railway Corporation, made a mock-up of all the main components of the bridge, which gave them confidence. Thanks to this, the safety of personnel and workers was ensured and it was also possible to ensure the quality of work.

It should be noted that a train first ran in Kashmir in 2008 after a century and a half of the introduction of the railway system in the subcontinent, which was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister, Dr. Vali inaugurated this first train service on October 11 by raising the green flag.

The train from Banhal beach to Baramulla is currently running. The 135 km railway line has 17 stations including Banhal, Halar Shahabad, Qazigund, Sidhura, Anantnag, Bijbahara, Panzgam, Awantipora, Kakapura, Pampore, Srinagar, Budgam, Mazhama, Patan, Humire, Sopore and Baramulla. This railway project under construction at the cost of 27,949 crores cover four sections, Udhampur – Katra, Katra – Banihal, Banihal – Qazigund and Qazigund – Baramulla.

However, in the 1990s, then Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao announced the plan to lay a railway line to Kashmir, while in 2002, Atal Bihari Vajpayee called it a “project national”. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, where Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s dream of the four-lane road “Corridor” is being undermined. Work on the Srinagar Expressway is underway, while the dream of a direct rail journey from New Delhi to Kashmir is set to come true very soon 356 km from Jammu. Katra. Banhal.

(With ANI inputs)

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