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India: ‘This dream has come true’ - Construction of world’s highest railway bridge in Kashmir completed04:14

India: ‘This dream has come true’ - Construction of world’s highest railway bridge in Kashmir completed

India, Reasi
August 25, 2022 at 15:57 GMT +00:00 · Published

Construction work on the Chenab bridge in the district of Reasi, northern India finished last Saturday, as the structure officially became the highest railway bridge in the world.

"Our elders used to tell us that a railway bridge will come up which will connect Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of the country," said village leader, Amarnath. "That seems to be very difficult because of the hilly region and today this dream has come true and we feel proud."

Both ends of the bridge were brought together at the centre to complete the superstructure’s arch. In total, the bridge is 1,315 meters long, standing at a height of over 359 m above the Chenab River bed.

The bridge is taller than the Eiffel Tower and is a part of the much anticipated 272 kilometre-long railway line.

It is one of the 16 bridges being built to improve the connectivity of the region with the rest of the country.

The construction started in 2004, reportedly employed 1,300 workers and 300 engineers, and is designed to withstand wind speeds of up to 266 km/hour.

India: ‘This dream has come true’ - Construction of world’s highest railway bridge in Kashmir completed04:14
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Construction work on the Chenab bridge in the district of Reasi, northern India finished last Saturday, as the structure officially became the highest railway bridge in the world.

"Our elders used to tell us that a railway bridge will come up which will connect Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of the country," said village leader, Amarnath. "That seems to be very difficult because of the hilly region and today this dream has come true and we feel proud."

Both ends of the bridge were brought together at the centre to complete the superstructure’s arch. In total, the bridge is 1,315 meters long, standing at a height of over 359 m above the Chenab River bed.

The bridge is taller than the Eiffel Tower and is a part of the much anticipated 272 kilometre-long railway line.

It is one of the 16 bridges being built to improve the connectivity of the region with the rest of the country.

The construction started in 2004, reportedly employed 1,300 workers and 300 engineers, and is designed to withstand wind speeds of up to 266 km/hour.