India’s Engineering Marvel: The Chenab Rail Bridge Awaits its Inaugural Train Journey

Chenab Rail Bridge

New Delhi: Progress continues on India’s most ambitious railway venture, the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL). The project boasts the construction of the world’s highest rail bridge, the Chenab Rail Bridge, nestled in the picturesque landscape of Kashmir. Anticipation builds as train operations are set to commence soon.

In a recent update, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav took to social media to share a captivating video showcasing a trial train gracefully traversing the Chenab rail bridge. “Today marks a successful trial run from Sangaldan to Reasi, which included the maiden crossing over the majestic Chenab Bridge,” Vaishnav stated. He also noted that the USBRL’s construction is nearly complete, with only Tunnel No. 1 awaiting final touches.

Project Completion on the Horizon
The USBRL project, which promises to enhance connectivity and bolster development in Jammu and Kashmir, is on track for completion by year-end. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had ceremoniously launched the project on February 20, 2024.

Chenab Bridge

A Structural Colossus Above the Chenab
The Chenab Rail Bridge stands as a testament to modern engineering, soaring approximately 359 meters above the river it’s named after. An impressive 30,000 metric tons of steel fortify its structure. Erected at an expenditure of INR 1486 crores, this bridge is designed to endure wind velocities of up to 260 km/h. It represents a significant segment of the USBRL project, symbolizing India’s infrastructural prowess.