Chenab Railway Bridge: Engineering marvel in world’s highest overpass explained

The ‘golden joint’ of the Chenab Railway Bridge, the highest single-arch railway bridge in the world, was inaugurated today. While building any bridge is an engineering challenge, when one stands 359 m above a treacherous riverine terrain exposed to gale-force winds between rugged mountain valleys, it’s a marvel. Mumbai-based infrastructure major Afcons constructed this railway bridge, which is 35 m taller than the Eiffel Tower.

The Chenab Railway Bridge is part of the ambitious Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link (USBRL) project of Northern Railway. Its estimated cost is Rs 28,000 crore.

While the engineers at Afcons had to take into account the viability, aesthetics, innovation, technology and geography of the bridge, ensuring there is no risk to human life was the topmost priority in their minds. They worked on it at an impossible height, braving extreme winters, torrential rains and scorching summers, finally overcoming the odds.

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