The gold link of the world’s highest railway bridge over the Chenab River was inaugurated on Saturday.
For the first time since independence, Srinagar will be connected to the rest of India after the overarching deck on the world’s highest single-arch rail bridge will be launched over the Chenab River.
From the two ends of the Chenab Valley River, the bridge superstructure on the arch was gradually pushed, and it will eventually join in the center of the arch.
Speaking to ANI, Sanjay Gupta, Chairman and MD, Konkan Railway said: “This has been a long journey. The term ‘Golden Joint’ was coined by civil engineers… It is the world’s highest railway bridge.”
Chenab Bridge was a famous bridge with intricate technique that had to overcome several challenges. The geology, rugged terrain and hostile environment were just some of the challenges the engineers and railroad officials had to overcome to get to this point.
“We can confidently state that the bridge will be approximately 98 percent complete after the gold link is completed,” said Giridhar Rajagopalan, Afcons deputy director.
“When we completed the arch closure project last year, we felt a great relief at our ability to accurately complete the project so that there was no mismatch. And that gave us a lot of confidence to handle the balance portion of the project with ease. We look excited Looking forward to the upcoming golden joint milestone with NR and KRCL,” continued Mr Rajagopalan.
The tallest railway bridge in the world is now under construction and when completed it will be 35 meters higher than the Eiffel Tower.
Afcons is building 16 additional railway bridges for Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL) in the hazardous terrain of Jammu and Kashmir in addition to Chenab Bridge. All bridges are part of the Udhampur Srinagar Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project.
Afcons recently completed concreting the main deck slab of a bridge even higher than the Qutub Minar as part of the 16 KRCL bridge project. In less than 70 days, four levels of concreting were completed for a total of more than 1,550 cum.
The entire event took place in the craggy Sangaldan in Jammu and Kashmir at an altitude of more than 90 meters above the surrounding countryside.
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