J&K: The world’s highest railway bridge, the Chenab, was inaugurated in August. After the overarch deck on the highest single-arch railway bridge over the Chenab River was inaugurated, Srinagar is connected to the rest of India for the first time since independence. The bridge superstructure on the arch was being gradually pushed from the two extremities of the Chenab River valley, and it finally unite at the centre of the arch.
“Golden Joint” The highest railway bridge in India
Sanjay Gupta, Chairman and MD of Konkan Railway, had stated in a statement to ANI, “It has been a protracted process. Civil engineers are the ones who came up with the name “Golden Joint.” It is the highest railway bridge in the world.”
The Chenab Bridge was a well-known structure with complex engineering that had to overcome numerous obstacles. To reach here, the engineers and railway officials had to overcome a number of difficulties caused by the geology, the rough terrain, and the hostile atmosphere.
After the golden joint is built, “we can definitely estimate that the bridge would be around 98% complete,” stated Giridhar Rajagopalan, Deputy Managing Director of Afcons.
“When we finished the arch closure project last year, we were incredibly relieved that we had been able to finish the project precisely and without any mismatches. And that greatly increased our confidence in our ability to manage the remaining portion of the project. We are excitedly anticipating the upcoming golden joint milestone with NR and KRCL,” Giridhar continued.
16 other railway bridges are under construction
In addition to the Chenab Bridge, Afcons is constructing 16 other railway bridges for Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL) in the treacherous terrain of Jammu and Kashmir. The Udhampur Srinagar Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project includes all of the bridges.
As part of the 16 KRCL bridges project, Afcons recently completed the main deck slab concreting of a bridge that is even higher than the Qutub Minar. Four levels of concreting totaling more than 1,550 tonnes were finished in under 70 days.
The entire event took place at a height of more than 90 metres above the surrounding countryside in Jammu & Kashmir’s inclining Sangaldan.