India comes up with an engineering marvel every now and then, and when it does, chances are that it will go down in the books of world records making us gleam with pride. An entity of such an epic proportion is well on its way, hailed as the world’s tallest bridge – Chenab Bridge.
This bridge, taller than the Eiffel Tower, will be 359 m above the river bed and will span 1.315 km in length. It is being built over the Chenab river to connect Katra and Banihal in the region, which is part of a 111-km stretch. This in turn will be crucial to the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project. The entire project cost is $92 million.
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A whopping 24,000 tonnes of steel will be used to construct this mammoth structure! The steel is blast-proof and the pillars that hold the bridge can withstand explosions! It is slated to be fully functional by 2019 and is expected to have a lifespan of 120 years!
A senior Railway official said,
““The construction of the bridge is the most challenging part of the Kashmir rail link project and once completed, it will be an engineering marvel.”
Officials will also be installing online monitoring, additional security measures and a warning system to make sure this structure stands tall for years to come.