Indian engineers are toiling in the Himalayas to build the #world’s highest railway bridge which is expected to be 35 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower when completed by 2016. The Arch-shaped steel structure is being constructed over the #Chenab River to link sections of the #spectacular #mountainous region of India’s #northern Jammu and Kashmir state.
The bridge is expected to be 359 meters (1,177 feet) high when completed — surpassing the world’s current tallest railway bridge over the #Beipanjiang River in #China’s #Guizhou province, which stands at 275 meters high.
“It is an engineering marvel. We hope to get this bridge ready by December 2016,” a senior Indian Railways official told. “The design would ensure that it withstands seismic activities and high wind speeds,” he said on Wednesday.
The estimated cost of the project, which is being handled by #Konkan #Railway Corporation, a subsidiary of state-owned Indian Railways, is $92 million. The bridge will connect #Baramulla to #Jammu in the Himalayan state with a travel time of six-and-a-half hours, almost half the time it currently takes.