After the removal of Article 370 from Kashmir, there is a lot of development works ongoing in Kashmir. The Indian Government is making full efforts to ensure that the people of Kashmir get all facilities for their betterment. In a similar race, now the government has quickened the approach to accomplish the ongoing railway line construction work in the valley.
While Kashmir is all set to become the next industrial hub, it is also necessary that it has better connectivity with the entire country. Therefore, the Government has directed the Project Chairman, Mr. Sanjay Gupta to complete the project by December 2021.
Speaking about the project that is 35 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower, Chairman of Konkan Railway Mr. Sanjay Gupta said,
“It is the most challenging task in the 150-year-long history of the railways. The highest railway bridge in the world, connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country through rail line will be completed by December 2021.”
It is noteworthy that the arch shape structure of the bridge will pass through hostile terrain. While constructing this engineering marvel, a total of 5,462 tonnes of steel are used! This bridge is so much strong that it can sustain winds with speed up to 260 km/hour. It will be connecting Katra to Srinagar and will pass 359 meters above the river bed.
Mr. Sanjay Gupta speaking further about the bridge,
“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.”
Though this project was declared as a national project in 2002, it’s construction has been delayed many times. However, it seems that the present government is serious about its construction.
Hope to see better connectivity of Kashmir with the rest of India in the upcoming future!