The Minister of Railways, Piyush Vedprakash Goyal, has announced that the India’s first cable-stayed Indian Railways bridge namely “Anji Khad Bridge” being developed by Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL), a Government of India undertaking, is all set to connect Katra and Reasi in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) & crosses Chenab River. The cable-stayed railway bridge is a part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project, which passes through the Young Himalayas.
- Notably, the USBRL project also involves the Chenab river bridge. The Chenab Bridge once completed, will become the world’s highest rail bridge.
Features of Anji Khad Bridge:
-It has a single pylon, standing at a height of 331 metres above the river bed. The pylon had to be constructed in a vertical slope using micropiles of 40 metre depth all around the circumference of 20 metre well foundation.
-The total length of the Anji Khad Bridge is 473.25 metres.
-The length of the viaduct is 120 metres and the central embankment has a length of 94.25 metres.
-It has support of 96 cables and has been designed to handle heavy storms of strong winds.
Also, various unique techniques and equipment were used like, Jump Shuttering, Pump Concreting System to increase efficiency, providing higher safety for workers and saved the construction time by about 30 per cent.
-It will have an integrated monitoring system by means of numerous sensors installed at various locations on the bridge.
About Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL):
Chairman & Managing Director (CMD)– Sanjay Gupta
Headquarter– Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra