Arch closure of Chenab Bridge, world's highest railway bridge, completed—check features and stunning pics of Railways' Engineering marvel

Indian Railways completed the Arch closure of the iconic Chenab Bridge, the world's highest railway bridge, on Monday, April 5. This iconic bridge boasts of many firsts and some breathtaking unique features.  

ZeeBiz WebTeam | Apr 06, 2021, 02:24 PM IST

This 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 stretch from Katra to Banihal. This was one of the most difficult part of the bridge over Chenab.

 

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Last leg of Chenab Bridge steel arch

Last leg of Chenab Bridge steel arch

The 5.6-metre last piece of metal was fitted at the highest point on April 5 and joined the two arms of the arch that currently stretch towards each other from both the banks of the river.  Source: Ministry of Railways.

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35 metres higher than Eiffel Tower

35 metres higher than Eiffel Tower

At 1315 metres long, this is also the highest Railway Bridge in the world at 359m above the riverbed level. It will be 35 meters higher than the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris (France). Source: Reuters

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Chenab Bridge steel arch construction

Chenab Bridge steel arch construction

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. Overall weight of Arch is 10,619 MT. Source: Ministry of Railways.

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Designed for blast load in consultation with DRDO

Designed for blast load in consultation with DRDO

Chenab Bridge has been designed to withstand high wind speed up to 266 Km/Hour and . Bridge designed for blast load in consultation with DRDO for the first time in India.Source: Ministry of Railways.

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Designed to bear earthquake forces of highest intensity zone V

Designed to bear earthquake forces of highest intensity zone V

Chenab Bridge will remain operational at restricted speed of 30 Km/Hour even after removal of one pier/trestle. It has been designed to bear earthquake forces of highest intensity zone-V in India. First time on Indian Railways, Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing machine used for testing of welds and NABL accredited lab established at site for weld testing. Structural steel suitable for -10°C to 40°C temperature. Source: Ministry of Railways.

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Chenab Bridge steel completion seen by Piyush Goyal

Chenab Bridge steel completion seen by Piyush Goyal

The completion of the historic Arch work was also seen by Shri Piyush Goyal Union Minister for Railways, Commerce & Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Shri Suneet Sharma, Chairman & CEO, Railway Board, Shri Ashutosh Gangal, General Manager Northern Railway through video conferencing. Source: Ministry of Railways.