CHENAB RAIL BRIDGE (Syllabus: GS Paper 3 – Infrastucture)

News-CRUX-10     22nd June 2024        
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Context: The Indian Railway conducted a successful trial run on the newly-constructed world's highest railway bridge, Chenab Rail Bridge, in Jammu and Kashmir.

Chenab Rail Bridge

  • Location: It is located between Bakkal and Kauri in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
  • Height: The bridge is situated 359 metres above the Chenab riverbed and has a length of 1315 m.
  • World Record: It is the highest single-arch railway bridge in the world.
  • Rail Link Project: The bridge is part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link project.
  • Collaboration: IITs, DRDO, and the Geological Survey of India.
  • Lifespan: 120 years

Chenab River

  • About: The Chenab River is a major river in India and Pakistan.
  • Tributary: It is a tributary of the Indus River.
  • Origin: The river is formed by the confluence of two streams, Chandra and Bhaga, at Tandi in the upper Himalayas in the Lahaul and Spiti Districts of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Known as the: Chandrabhaga in its upper reaches.
  • Flow Through J&K: It flows west through the Jammu and Kashmir union territory, between the Siwalik Range (south) and the Lesser Himalayas (north).
  • Confluence and Length: After receiving the Jhelum River near Trimmu, the Chenab empties into the Sutlej River. Its total length is about 605 miles (974 km).
  • Tributaries of the Chenab River: The tributaries include Miyar Nalla, Sohal, Thirot, Bhut Nalla, Marusudar, and Lidrari.