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An Arch Over Chenab and the Railways Bridge Shaping Up: Engineering Prowess of New India

Whether it is building high-quality highways in record time or building the world’s tallest statue, the Indian administration is pulling through many engineering marvels for new India in recent years. The completion of an arch over the river Chenab is yet another engineering marvel that speaks volumes about the capability of Indian Railways.

Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal has posted a video on Twitter that shows how the arch for the bridge is being constructed in the difficult terrain with many challenges involved.

Arch Over Chenab – the Uniqueness
  • Overall weight of Arch is 10,619 MT.
  • Chenab Bridge, the world’s highest railway bridge, is part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project (USBRL).
  • This achievement is a major leap towards the completion of the 111 k.m. long winding stretches from Katra to Banihal. It is arguably the biggest civil-engineering challenge faced by any railway project in India in recent history.
  • Erection of the members of arch by overhead cable cranes has been done for first time on Indian Railways.
  • The most sophisticated ‘Tekla’ software used for structural detailing.
  • Structural steel is suitable for -10°C to 40°C temperature.
  • The bridge that will come up along the arch is 1,315m long.
  • This is the highest Railway Bridge in the world being 359m above the river bed level.
  • It will be 35 meters higher than the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris (France).
  • Construction of Bridge involved fabrication of 28,660 MT steel, 10 Lakh Cum Earthwork, 66,000 Cum Concrete and 26 km motorable roads.
  • Arch consists of steel boxes. Concrete will be filled in boxes of the Arch to improve stability.
Some Facts about the Bridge
  • The bridge has been designed to withstand high wind speed up to 266 Km/Hour.
  • The bridge has been designed for blast load in consultation with DRDO for the first time in India.
  • It will remain operational at restricted speed of 30 Km/Hour even after removal of one pier/trestle.
  • The bridge is designed to bear earthquake forces of highest intensity zone-V in India.
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