India will soon hit the headlines when it inaugurates the world’s highest railway bridge in Himalayas across the river Chenab, which is 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris in 2016. Another one is coming up in Noney in Manipur.
The railway line will connect the mountainous region of India’s northern Jammu and Kashmir state and the bridge when completed will measure 359 metres (1,177 feet). (See Photos)
Currently, the world’s tallest railway bridge is over the Beipanjiang River in China’s Guizhou province at 275 metres high.
“It is an engineering marvel. We hope to get this bridge ready by December 2016,” a senior Indian Railways official said. “The design would ensure that it withstands seismic activities and high wind speeds.”
Meanwhile, another equally spectacular bridge is under construction in Noney in northeastern Manipur undertaken by the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR). It is a 111-km-long Jiribam-Tripul-Imphal line, connecting state capital Imphal with the country’s broad gauge line.
The J&K bridge is estimated to cost Rs.500 crore and is being built by the Konkan Railway Corporation, a subsidiary of state-owned Indian Railways. The bridge, connecting Baramulla with Jammu will reduce the travel time from 13 hours to 7 hours.
The project entails use of up to 25,000 tonnes of steel to build two cable cranes attached on either side of the river secured on steel pylons.