World's Highest Railway Bridge Set for Completion in 2021

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World's Highest Railway Bridge Set for Completion in 2021

The valley of Kashmir, India, which remains one of the most remote parts of the country due to poor connectivity, is expected to get a railway bridge that will connect the region to the country's extensive railway network by December 2021.

Bounded on the southwest by the Pir Panjal Range and on the northeast by the main Himalayas range, the Kashmir Valley is approximately 135 km long and 32 km wide. To connect the valley to the railway network, the world's highest railway bridge will be built. At 359 m high, the bridge will stay higher than the Eiffel Tower. The Indian government has finally set the deadline for the completion of the construction that was declared as a national project back in 2002.

The most challenging project in the 150-year long history of the Indian Railways, the highest railway bridge in the world will connect the Vale of Kashmir to the rest of the country by December 2021. When completed, the railway bridge will become one of the world's most stunning engineering marvels.

The length of the bridge will be 1.315 km.
It is designed to allow trains to gain speeds of up to 260 km per hour.
Over 5462 tonnes of steel will be used for construction.
The most challenging part of the project is the character of the terrain and the hight of the bridge.
The bridge will link Bakkal in Katra and Kauri in Srinagar.
Part of the Udhampur–Srinagar–Baramulla rail link project, the bridge will be a crucial link on the 111-km Katra–Banihal stretch.

Currently the title of the highest railway bridge in the world belongs to the Najiehe Railway Bridge in central Guizhou, China (pictured). It was completed in 2016 and boasts a rail height of 310 m.

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