The work on the pylon of India’s first cable-stayed railway bridge has been completed at Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district.
Officials informed that the pylon work of India’s first cable-stayed railway bridge has been finally completed at Anji Khad in Reasi and said that it is a breakthrough in connecting Kashmir with rest of the country by train.
Officials said that it is a great achievement as Anji Khad Bridge has a single pylon with a height of 331 metres above the river bed on the Rs 21,653-crore Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL).
Ajay Kumar Pasheen, Project Manager, Hindustan Construction Company said that as the pylon is considered a lifeline of bridge it was a huge challenge for them to complete the work and are hopeful that completing constructing this engineering marvel within one year.
Project manager further said that they are ready to work on final completion of the bridge as all the phases of the pylon work are completed.
He said the pylon is standing 191 meter from its foundation level. “All the phases of the pylon work stand completed and we are ready to move ahead to complete the bridge,” the project manager said.
Another engineer said that he began working at the site in March 2017 and he is happy being a part of it. He said that the Anji Khad bridge, which is going to connect Katra and Reasi, is an engineering marvel due to the difficulties involved in the construction process and technology used in it.
As per reports, total length of bridge is 473.25 meters and has support of 96 cables, length of the viaduct is 120 meters and of central embankment 94.25 meters.
It is pertinent to mention that in 2016, railways had decided to construct a cable-stayed bridge at Anji Khad after plan to build an arch bridge similar to Chenab bridge but was cancelled due to vulnerability of the structure.