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The World's Highest Railway Bridge on Chenab River can withstand blasts and quakes

The under-construction Railway Bridge over the Chenab River in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district has many specialties. Said to the be the highest bridge, which is even taller than the Eiffel Tower, it has much more specialty features to offer. The bridge can withstand massive earthquakes measuring up to 8 on the Richter scale and even blasts can't shake the bridge.

 

The Railways officials said that this bridge will have a "security setup" against possible terror threats and quakes and it will be most possibly completed by 2019.

 

As the Jammu and Kashmir has been the land of blasts and terror attacks since ages, the bridge is designed specially to withstand the earthquakes and heavy blasts.

 

 

"The bridge has also been designed with anti-terror features in consultation with the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)," a senior engineer working on the project said, without elaborating it further.

 

Though the construction began 13 years ago in 2014, the construction was halted for a brief period in 2008-09 due to the threat of high-velocity winds in the area.

 

The 1.315 km long bridge will connect Bakkal (Katra) and Kauri (Srinagar) and is designed to withstand wind speeds of up to 260 km per hour.