Chalo Kashmir: Extensive railway network by December 2021
Kashmir is now beaming with flight connectivity, luxury hotels, and now rail networks
Visiting ‘the heaven on Earth’ was in everyone’s bucket list. However, as a matter of fact, owing to its poor connectivity, Kashmir never got its share of tourists. However, according to latest announcement, Kashmir will now be connected to the rest of India through an extensive railway network by December 2021 as the government has set a fresh deadline for completion of the world's highest railway bridge.
The government has decided, interestingly, that the expected railway line to be 35m i.e. taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris! According to the Konkan Railway authorities, this is by far the most challenging project in the 150-year long history of the Indian Railways (post-independent).
Sanjay Gupta, Chairman Konkan Railway said, “The construction of the bridge is the most challenging part of the Kashmir rail link project undertaken post-independence and, once completed, it will be an engineering marvel. The highest railway bridge in the world, connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country through rail line will be completed by December 2021."
Throwing light on the major problems, the chairman said that the construction of the bridge is the most challenging part of the Kashmir rail link project. But, he also said that after its completion, the bridge would be recognised as an engineering marvel.
The massive arch-shaped structure, being constructed in hostile terrain, have used over 5,462 tonnes of steel will be 359 metres above the river bed. Designed to withstand wind speeds of up to 260 km per hour, the 1.315-km-long "engineering marvel" will connect Bakkal (Katra) and Kauri (Srinagar).
The bridge forms a crucial link in the 111-km stretch between Katra and Banihal, which is part of the Udhampur- Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project. Once completed, it will surpass the record of the Beipan river Shuibai railway bridge (275 m) in China.
The Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project is highly essential to provide an alternative and a reliable transportation system to Jammu and Kashmir to join Kashmir Valley to the Indian Railways network, Sanjay Gupta said. Declared as a national project in 2002, the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project will be a trusted transportation system that will connect the valley to the Indian Railways network.