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Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has announced that the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link Project (USBRL) will be completed by December 2023 or January 2024, and a Vande Bharat metro train will be operated between Jammu and Srinagar once the project is fully operational.

On March 26, Vaishnaw travelled on the first run of a track-mounted trolley on the Chenab river's world's highest arch bridge with railway officials and performed pooja before inspecting the iconic bridge with a height of 359 metres from the Chenab riverbed.

The minister announced the establishment of a special training academy for engineers in Jammu, as well as a Vande Bharat Express train maintenance facility at Budgam in the Kashmir Valley. The Chenab bridge was a challenging task due to the highly seismic activity-prone area. The track work on the Chenab bridge has been completed, and now electric work will be undertaken, in addition to the installation of Kavach- an anti-collision safety device.

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The iconic bridge, which has a foundation equal to half the football field, is a "subject of pride" and a "difficult challenge of engineering." More than 28,000 metric tonnes of steel were used for the bridge structure, which was built in a highly active seismic zone.

The deck height of the bridge is 359 metres, while its length is 1,315 metres. The arch bridge has 17 spans, and the linear length of the main arch span is 460 metres and is curvilinear.

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The codal life of the bridge is 120 years, and it can withstand a wind speed of 266 kmph, but the train can cross the bridge at the speed of 100 kmph. The foundation design of the bridge was the most significant challenge, apart from building tunnels in relatively young Himalayan mountains as soft soil makes tunnel construction difficult.

Once the Kashmir Valley is connected to the Indian railway network, the Jammu to Srinagar journey will be faster and more comfortable for passengers. The Jammu to Srinagar journey by the new railway link is expected to take 3.5 hours.

Vaishnaw said that a Vande Metro service will run between Srinagar and Jammu cities, in which trains will run at a specific frequency. He also stated that once the line is opened, it will be easier to transport apples and other agricultural products from Jammu and Kashmir. Additionally, a few locations have been identified to explore the tourism potential at the Chenab bridge.

(With agency inputs)

Sounak Mukhopadhyay
Sounak Mukhopadhyay, who also goes by the name Sounak Mukherjee, has been producing digital news since 2012. He's worked for the International Business Times, The Inquisitr, and Moneycontrol in the past. He's also contributed to Free Press Journal and TheRichest with feature articles. He covers news for a wide range of subjects including business, finance, economy, politics and social media. Before working with digital news publications, he worked as a freelance content writer.
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Updated: 27 Mar 2023, 06:42 AM IST
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