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The construction of world's tallest railway bridge, which is being built over river Chenab, on in full swing in the hostile terrain of Jammu and Kashmir.
The bridge forms the crucial link in the 111-km stretch between Katra and Banihal, which is part of the Udhampur- Srinagar-Baramulla section of the Kashmir Railway project
The rail alignment in Jammu and Kashmir is the culmination of large numbers of Tunnels and Bridges that are to be constructed in highly rugged and mountainous terrain with most difficult Himalayan Geology.
"Alignment of the Katra-Quazigund section crosses deep gorge of Chenab river near Salal -Hydro Power Projest, which necessities construction of a long span bridge. The configuration of steel arch has been selected on account of economy and availability of expertise and construction materials, " said a senior railway official involved with the project.
The span of this bridge is almost four times the current ones in the Indian Railways, the officer revealed. He also informed that the bridge has Unique Design Features. The height of the steel pier of main arch to be provided on foundation at Katra end is of the tune of 133m, which is much taller than Qutub Minar.
The project is an attempt to boost tourism and it has increased employment opportunities in the Jammu and Kashmir state.
This article first appeared on mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com
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