World’s highest rail bridge arch on Chenab in J&K nears completion

World's highest railway bridge over Chenab River in Jammu and Kashmir to be ready by 2021

The steel arch of rail bridge over Chenab River in Jammu and Kashmir is reaching at closure position, said the Ministry of Railways. “Reaching Arch Completion: The steel arch of Chenab bridge, World’s highest Railway Bridge, finally reaching at closure position,” tweeted Ministry of Railways on Thursday.

Dubbed as World’s highest Railway Bridge, 1.315-km long Chenab bridge is being built above the Chenab river at a height of 359 metres in Jammu and Kashmir. Popularly known as Anji Khad Bridge, the country’s first cable-stayed Indian Railways bridge, will come up on Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) section of Northern Railway in Jammu & Kashmir. The arch bridge is a part of an ambitious railway project connecting J-K to the rest of the country. Work on putting the main arch began on November 2017. The world’s highest railway bridge, connecting Kashmir with the rest of India through a rail line will be completed by December 2021. At 359 metres above Chenab, this rail bridge will also be 30 meters higher than the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

Anji Khad Bridge is the seventh-largest arch-shaped bridge in the world as there is no support except on both sides of the river banks. The arch is being supported by piers and trusses. At the time of the project launch, railway officials had said that the railway bridge will be able to withstand up to 8 magnitude earthquakes and high-intensity blasts.