Home > News > Regional
Saturday July 12, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Saturday July 12, 2014 MYT 7:56:16 AM
Ongoing work: The world's highest railway bridge is under construction currently over the Chenab river in Kauri in northern Jammu and Kashmir state. - AFP
KAURI (India): Indian engineers are toiling in the Himalayas to build the world’s highest railway bridge which is expected to be 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower when completed by 2016.
The arch-shaped steel structure is being constructed over the Chenab River to link sections of the spectacular mountainous region of India’s northern Jammu and Kashmir state.
The bridge is expected to be 359m high when completed – surpassing the world’s current tallest railway bridge over the Beipanjiang River in China’s Guizhou province, which stands at 275m 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,” he said on Wednesday.
Work on the bridge started in 2002 but safety and feasibility concerns, including the area’s strong winds, saw the project halted in 2008 before being green-lighted again two years later.
The estimated cost of the project, which is being handled by Konkan Railway Corporation, a subsidiary of state-owned Indian Railways, is US$92mil (RM290bil).
The bridge will connect Baramulla to Jammu in the Himalayan state with a travel time of six-and-a-half hours, almost half the time it currently takes.
The main arch is being erected using two cable cranes attached on either side of the river which are secured on enormous steel pylons, according to engineers of the project.
The 1,315-m long bridge will use up to 25,000 tonnes of steel with some material being transported by helicopters due to the tough terrain, they said.
“One of the biggest challenges involved was constructing the bridge without obstructing the flow of the river,” the railways official said.
“Approach roads had to be constructed to reach the foundations of the bridge,” he added. — AFP
Tags / Keywords:
Agoda.com’s fresh destinations for 2015
Travel Share: Kerala’s other charms
Crash and burn in India
Indian police make first arrest in rape of elderly nun
Indian police make first arrest in gang rape of elderly nun
Earth Hour: 8 things we didn't know would leave a carbon footprint
Saudi blogger Badawi views survival of 50 lashes as miracle - magazine
Yemen Houthi rebels advance despite Saudi-led air strikes
Nestlé rewards consumers with biggest promotion ever
The great South Australian adventure
Living away from Malaysia can trigger a lot of different longings
Frost appoints Kim Her to coach mixed doubles
Facebook talks up need for virtual reality, big tech bets
Restaurant’s new club lounge makes guests’ happiness its priority
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)