Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district will soon have the world’s highest railway bridge, which will be 35 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower. The bridge being built over the Chenab river is expected to be built completely by August 2022.
The bridge will unite Kashmir valley with Katra in Jammu and the remainder of the country. It will also lessen the travel time by 5-6 hours from Katra to Srinagar.
Deputy Chief Engineer & project manager RR Malik said, “We have a deadline of 2022”. When questioned about how difficult the task is, given the geography, he stated, “It is not an easy job, building in such terrain.”
“It will generate local employment. Hectic activities will occur. People of my district are waiting for it to be finished,” he added.
Reasi district of J&K, famous for Vaishno Devi shrine, is presumed to get a notable uptick in tourism with the highest railway bridge plan. The total length of the rail bridge is 1.3 km, and it can endure an earthquake measuring more than 7 on the Richter scale. Konkan Railway Corporation Limited is developing the project. It is a part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project. The Udhmapur-Katra (25 Km) section, Banihal-Quazigund (18 Km) section and Quazigund-Baramulla (118Km) section have previously been commissioned.