Konkan Rail launches Rs.1,250 cr Bridge

    Konkan Rail
    Ensuring smooth movement of vehicular traffic in the rail sector, the Konkan railway has launched a 1.3 kilometre-long bridge at a cost of Rs.1,250 crore, chief engineer R K Singh said that more than 1,300 workers and 300 engineers have been working round-the-clock to complete the bridge by 2019. Its construction started in 2004, but the work was stopped in 2008-09 on the aspect of the safety of the rail passengers due to frequent high velocity winds in the area. The Railways decided to survey the area again and find some alternate site where the bridge could be constructed on Chenab river to avoid 100 kilometres-an-hour high velocity winds but finally it was decided not to change the site as it is the most suited taking into account the high altitude, said deputy chief engineer R R Malik, elaborating that it was finally decided to stop train operations when the wind velocity rises to 90 km/h with the help of the automatic signaling system and anemometer (instrument to measure the velocity of winds). He claimed that the bridge under construction can withstand winds upto 260 km/h and its lifespan will be 120 years. He said that on the other side of Chenab river, the Railways is constructing three big tunnels of various lengths – T 2 (5.9 kilometres), T 3 (9.369 kilometres), and T 14 (13 kilometres). AFCONS Construction Company project manager S M Viswamurthy said that it is a joint venture of AFCONS, VSL, and Ultra companies. The company has undertaken the construction of the bridge and the laying of rail track from Katra to Banihal is very treacherous and difficult as 80% of the railway line will have to pass through tunnels which are under construction.
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