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‘Chenab Arch Bridge’ the world's highest rail bridge

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    10Pointer
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    National
  • Published
    5th Apr, 2021

Context

The construction of the 359 meters high Chenab Arch Bridge, which is 30 meters higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris, has been completed.

About the Chenab Arch Bridge

  • The Chenab Bridgeis a steel and concrete arch between Bakkal and Kauri in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The Bridge will be the world’s highest rail bridge constructed over the river
  • The bridge has the widest span in the Indian broad gauge railway network.
  • Rail link Project: The bridge is part of an ambitious 272-km rail link project, being constructed by the Northern Railway.
  • The project was started in 2002 to connect Kashmir’s northernmost city Baramulla to New Delhi.
  • Resistance: The bridge will be able to withstand earthquakes with a magnitude of up to eight.
  • It is made up of temperature-resistant metal which can stand temperatures of minus 20 degrees Celsius and wind speeds of above 200 kilometers per hour.
  • Connectivity: The bridge will provide all-weather connectivity between Kashmir and the rest of the county.

Chenab River

  • The Chenab River is a major river that flows in India and Pakistan.
  • It is one of the 5 major rivers of the Punjab region.
  • It originates in the upper Himalayas in Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.
  • The river is formed by the confluence of two rivers, Chandra and Bhaga, Himachal Pradesh.