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The world’s highest Chenab Rail Bridge, built in Jammu-Kashmir, runs a train in a trial run

Nita Yadav

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A trial run on a bridge over the river Chenab.

The highest railway bridge in the world has been built in the Chenab river valley. The first trial train successfully ran on this bridge located between Bakkal and Kauri in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav has given this information by tweeting. It said that all the construction for USBRL is almost complete, only Tunnel No. 1 is partially incomplete.

It is an important project of Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL). Of the total 272 km long USBRL project, 209 km was completed in phases, with the first phase of the 118 km Qazigund-Baramulla section commissioned in October 2009. Subsequently, the 18 km Banihal-Qazigund section was commissioned in June 2013, the 25 km Udhampur-Katra section in July 2014 and the 48.1 km Banihal-Sangaldan section in February this year.

With the commencement of the 46 km Sangaldan-Reasi section, only the 17 km stretch between Reasi and Katra remains to be worked on, which is likely to be completed by the end of this year. With its launch, Kashmir will be connected to the rest of the country by train. It is a dream project, work on which began in 1997 and has missed deadlines several times due to geological, topographic and meteorological challenges.

Successful trial run

Railway official sources said that the first train between Sangaldan to Reasi will be flagged off on June 30, which will connect Jammu’s Reasi district with Kashmir through a railway line. He said that the electric engine has been successfully tested on the track, which is an important achievement.

He said engine trial is a pre-condition for CRS inspection. Last month, Northern Railway General Manager Shobhan Chaudhary inspected the stretch from Chenab Bridge to Sangaldan station by motor trolley. He evaluated track, electrical and mechanical systems and signal telecom works in Bakkal-Duggar-Sawalkot-Savaldan section.

To be developed as a tourist destination

The 1.3 km long Chenab Railway Bridge, located 359 meters above the riverbed, 35 meters higher than the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris, is an important link in the project. The Jammu and Kashmir administration had announced plans to develop the bridge as a ‘tourist destination’.

Nita Yadav

Nita Yadav

I am Nita Yadav, specializing in writing about politics and breaking national news. My focus is on delivering insightful and timely perspectives on these crucial topics, aiming to inform and engage my readers effectively.

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