World's tallest bridge to be built over Chenab River
Jammu, Aug 9: The Konkan Railway will construct the world's tallest rail bridge over the Chenab river, the most arduous portion on the Katra-Qazigund section of the 288 km-long Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project.
The Konkan railway, which created history by constructing the most arduous Mumabi-Konkan rail route, has been entrusted with the task of constructing the 90-km long Reasi-Laole section of the Katra-Qazigund rail link project.
KR officials, who were in the city, stated that apart from constructing the 90 km-long segment of the project, the railway is faced with yet another arduous task of constructing the 219 km approach road.
They said construction of the approach road is the main constraint in the smooth construction of the 90 km-long railway segment as it involved building a 70 km tunnel in the fragile geological region and two special bridges across the Chenab River and Anji Khad. The longest tunnel will be about 6.8 km, they added.
The section will have 41 major bridges, 21 small bridges and some special bridges on the Anji and Chenab river. The Chenab bridge would be tallest and will have nine stations, including one halting station and an underground station.
As per the present estimate, the cost of the project is estimated at Rs 6,268 crore and the present target for completion of the project is 2008-09, the official said.
However, there may be a delay of one to two years in the completion of the project. It may be mentioned that the first leg of the project, which is the Udhampur-Katra section, is being executed by Northern Railway. It is in the final stages of completion and will be open by February.