Anji Khad Bridge – India’s first cable-stayed railway bridge, being developed by Konkan Railway Corporation Limited, an undertaking of Government of India, will soon connect Katra and Reasi in Jammu and Kashmir. The railway minister Piyush Goyal had recently said that this ambitious project by Indian Railways is being constructed with engineering excellence and superior Technology. This cable stayed Railway Bridge is a part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project.
Anji Khad Bridge consists of a single pylon, erected at a height of of 331 metres above the river bed. While the total length of the Anji Khad Bridge is 473.25 metres, the length of is viaduct is 120 metres is length of central embankment is 473.25 metres. It is supported by 96 cables, and is designed to handle heavy Storms of strong winds.
The geology of the place where Anji Bridge is being built is very complex. It is being constructed between highly broken and composite rocks. Modern equipment has been provided to workers engaged in the construction work of the bridge, including jump shutters. It was constructed asa cable-stayed bridge since the geology of the location does not allowed construction of an Arch Bridge. Pump concreting system arrangement was implemented to increase efficiency, workers’ safety and it reduced the construction time by near about 30 percent. The Anji Khad Bridge will also have an integrated monitoring system implemented using various sensors installed at numerous locations across the bridge. According to Northern Railways, The Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) passes through lower Himalayas, consists of various legs and sections, divided on the basis of phases of construction. The USBRL project also has the Chenab river bridge, which once completed, will become the world’s highest Railway Bridge. The works of bridge construction is expected to be completed by December 2021.