Read about the Chanab Bridge in India in e-mosty‘s latest issue.
To provide an alternative and reliable transportation system to Jammu and Kashmir, the Government of
India planned a 272 km long Railway Line from Udhampur to Baramulla, joining the Kashmir valley with the Indian Railways network called the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link Project (USBRL).
This project has been the most challenging work undertaken since 1947 by Indian Railways. Given the importance of the USBRL project in providing seamless and hassle-free connectivity, the Project was declared a “National Project” in 2002.
The alignment of USBRL involves constructing many Tunnels and Bridges in highly rugged and mountainous terrain with the most challenging and complex Himalayan geology. These bridges include the iconic Chenab Bridge Project built in the Reasi district of the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
The bridge across the river Chenab having a central span of 467 m, is being built at a height of 359 m from the bed level. For comparison, the height of the Qutab Minar Monument in New Dehli, India, is 72 m, and of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, is 324 m.