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India’s first cable-stayed bridge ‘Anji Khad Bridge’ completed successfully
- India’s first cable-stayed railway bridge ‘Anji Khad bridge ‘ in Jammu & Kashmir, connecting Katra and Reasi Section of Jammu–Baramulla line, is ready for use.
- The Anji Cable Stay bridge has been designed with a total of 96 cables.
- All the 96 cables were fully installed on 26 April 2023.
- This means that the bridge has been completed in a record time period of 11 months, from June 2022 to April 2023.
- The total length of cable strand used in the construction of the bridge is 653 km.
- The Rs. 458 crore railway bridge has been developed by Konkan Railway Corporation Limited, a Government of India undertaking.
- It is constructed over the Anji river, a tributary of the Chenab river between Katra and Reasi.
- The total length of the Anji Khad Bridge is 473.25 metres, and its height (from the river bed to the formation) is 196 metres.
- The project is a part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project of the Indian Railways’.
- The USBRL project also involves the construction of Chenab river bridge, a steel and concrete arch bridge. Once completed, the Chenab bridge will become the world’s highest rail bridge.