The most important link to connect Kashmir directly with the national rail network and the two ends of the world’s highest rail bridge were connected on Saturday, performing the ‘Golden Joint’ ceremony. This rare achievement in the history of engineering was celebrated amidst fireworks, the national anthem, and slogans of Bharat Mata Ki Jai.
Under the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project, the Kodi and Bakkal railway stations are interlinked as soon as the final arch of the bridge is connected at a height of 359 meters above the surface of the Chenab river. This bridge is 30 meters higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris. However, 98 percent of the construction of the bridge is now complete, which will be completed in December.
1,436 crore rupees are to be spent on the highest bridge in the railway history of the world, including the Indian Railways. The total length of the bridge built on 17 pillars is 1315 meters. On Saturday, a tricolor rally was taken out at the spot before the bridge arch was attached. The rally, which started from Kodi’s side, reached the place where the arch was added, where Bharat Mata was chanted as soon as the arch was joined. Northern Railway CAO SP Mahi was mainly present on the occasion.