JAMMU & KASHMIR: Indian Railways is committed to enhance connectivity within the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, and one of its most ambitious projects, the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla (USBRL) railway, is making significant strides. At the forefront of this endeavor is the groundbreaking Anji Khad bridge, the nation’s first cable-stayed rail bridge, which will soon link the valley with other parts of the country.
The Anji Khad bridge has witnessed remarkable progress, with critical construction milestones recently achieved. This marvel of engineering now boasts the completion of its Ancillary Viaduct, Central Embankment and the final stressing of cables. The bridge’s cable strands, totaling 653 kilometers represent a testament to India’s engineering prowess.
As part of the essential USBRL project, the Anji Khad bridge is an important part of good connectivity and accessibility in Jammu and Kashmir. This impressive engineering feat is determined to transform the region’s rail infrastructure, creating vital links for both passengers and goods transportation.
The General Manager of Northern Railway, Shobhan Chaudhuri, conducted an inspection of the USBRL project and ongoing railway works in the Union Territory earlier this month. During his visit, he also assessed another engineering marvel, the Chenab bridge.
The Chenab bridge, known as the world’s highest railway bridge, soars 359 meters (1,178 feet) above the river, surpassing the Eiffel Tower’s height by 35 meters. This bridge is designed to withstand winds with speeds of up to 260 kilometers per hour and boasts a remarkable projected lifespan of 120 years.
Chaudhuri’s inspection encompassed a motor trolley journey along the bridge from the Bakkal end to the Kouri end. He also evaluated the ongoing ballastless track linking work in the Dugga yard, emphasizing the railway’s commitment to the highest standards of engineering excellence.