The world’s highest railway bridge is set to open in Kashmir soon. The bridge over the Chenab River is 1,315-metre-long (4,314 feet) and 359-metre-high (1,177 feet) from the bed of the river.
he railway will link the remote region with India’s vast railway network by providing all-weather connectivity.
The bridge, taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris, lies between the villages of Bakkal and Kauri in the Reasi district of the southern Jammu area of Kashmir.
Constructed at a cost of $168m, the bridge is part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link project (USBRL), which will connect the region’s main city of Srinagar with mainland India through rail networks on which work started in 1999.
The arch bridge, made of 28,000 tonnes of steel, is considered an engineering marvel as it is built in an area prone to high seismic activity.
The rough and uneven terrain also sees frequent landslides and harsh weather conditions.
Al Jazeera added that the bridge has been built to withstand strong winds and high-magnitude earthquakes.
It took two decades for thousands of workers and hundreds of engineers to complete the feat.