The Chenab railway bridge, which connects Katra and Banihal, is said to have passed all required tests.
Jammu and Kashmir will soon be able to brag about having the world’s highest railway overpass, which will span the Chenab River. The Chenab railway viaduct, built at a height of 359 metres (1,178 feet) above the river, towers over the Eiffel Tower in Paris by at least 35 metres.
According to news agency ANI, the arch bridge is part of the 35,000 crore Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Railway Link (USBRL) and is located between Bakkal and Kauri in the Reasi region. The bridge, which connects Katra and Banihal and is estimated to cost 1,400 crore, has passed all required tests.
The bridge is nearing completion two decades after the project was approved in 2003. Although construction started in 2004, it was forced to stop in 2008-09 for the sake of passenger safety due to high-velocity winds in the area. Following delays due to safety and structural concerns, the contract was awarded in 2008. However, the endeavour has frequently missed deadlines over the years.