Trial Run on the World’s Highest Railway Bridge

Trial Run on the World’s Highest Railway Bridge

Context: Indian Railways conducted a successful trial run of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project on the Chenab Bridge in Jammu and Kashmir. This railway line will enhance social and economic integration by easing the movement of people and goods between Kashmir Valley, Jammu, and the rest of India.

Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) Project

• The USBRL project is a 272-km railway line connecting Udhampur to Baramulla, which aims to provide an alternative and reliable transportation system for Jammu and Kashmir.
• It was declared as a national project in 2022.
• The project includes 38 tunnels (total length 119 km) and 927 bridges (total length 13 km).
• The Chenab Bridge (above the Chenab River) is the world’s highest arch railway bridge.
• The electrification work on the route utilises state-of-the-art technology, featuring the ROCS (Rigid Overhead Conductor System) at 25 kV for the first time on Indian railways.
• National Project status is a special designation given by the central government to certain infrastructure projects that are considered to be of strategic importance and national significance.
• These projects receive priority funding and special attention for speedy completion.

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