People rarely expect man-made wonders from a state like Jammu & Kashmir which usually makes to the headlines for all the wrong reasons. A place where you barely find a Multi National Company is now hosting the world’s highest railway bridge which is constructed at a height of 359 meters and is 35 meters higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The world’s tallest rail bridge is expected to be tourist spot in itself.
Ten Amazing Facts No One Knows About the World’s Highest Railway Bridge
- The cost of constructing the massive arch-shaped structure is estimated at around Rs 1,100 crore.
- Over 24,000 tonnes of steel is used which is raised 359 meters above the river bed.
- It has been designed to withstand wind speeds of up-to 260 km per hour. The 1.315 km long ‘engineering marvel’ connects Bakkal (Katra) and Kauri (Srinagar).
- The new bridge cuts the travel time to about six and a half hours. Normally, the travel time is around 13-14 hours.
- The bridge forms a crucial link in the 111-km stretch between Katra and Banihal, which is part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project.
- For inspection purposes, a rope-way will be set up in the bridge.
- The 1315-meter-long bridge links Baramulla to Jammu. Thereby creating another linking route between Jammu and Kashmir.
- In order to check the wind velocity, the Railways has installed sensors on the bridge; as soon as the wind speed exceeds 90 kmph, the signal on the track will turn red, preventing train movement.
- In order to enhance safety and security, the bridge is made up of 63 mm thick special blast-proof steel as the Jammu and Kashmir region is prone to frequent terror attacks.
- The concrete pillars of the bridge is designed to withstand explosions and painted with a special corrosion-resistant paint, which lasts for 15 years.