Earlier this week, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal took to Twitter to share an image of the 476 metre-long arch of what will be the world’s highest railway bridge, currently under construction in Jammu and Kashmir.
Calling it an “infrastructural marvel in making,” Goyal said, “Indian Railways is well on track to achieve another engineering milestone with the steel arch of Chenab bridge reaching at closure position. It is all set to be the world’s highest railways bridge.” Construction of the main arch, reportedly, began in November 2017.
December 2022 is the reported deadline for the ambitious Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project that will link Kashmir, for the first time in India’s history, to the rest of the country via a railway network.
The rail line, announced as a national project all the way back in 2002, is being constructed and managed by the Konkan Railway and will also integrate the world’s highest railway bridge, believed to be 35m taller than France’s Eiffel Tower.