The Chenab railway bridge will be ready for next year | India News
NEW DELHI: Next year the world’s tallest railway bridge, over the Chenab River in Jammu and Kashmir, will be ready and will connect the Kashmir Valley with the rest of India by train for the first time by 2022, officials said Sunday.
The bridge, which has a central span of 467 meters, is being built at a height of 359 meters from the bed level. The height of Qutab Minar in Delhi is 72 meters and that of the Eiffel Tower in Paris is 324 meters.
“This is the highest railway bridge in the world and the maximum wind speed designed for the bridge is 266 km / h,” said a senior government official.
Construction work on the bridge has accelerated in the past year under the direct supervision of senior levels of the central government, the official said.
According to plans, Kashmir will be connected to the train by December 2022.
The Udhmapur-Katra section (25 Km), the Banihal-Quazigund section (18 Km) and the Quazigund-Baramulla section (118Km) have already been commissioned.
The last remaining section, the 111 km Katra-Banihal section, is currently underway. It is slated to be completed in December 2022. The 126 km of 174 km of tunnels in this section have already been completed.
There has been more momentum in the past year for the implementation of various projects under the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) of Rs 80,068 million announced on November 7, 2015, the official said.
The package is intended to strengthen the socio-economic infrastructure and balanced regional development of Jammu and Kashmir.
The program affects practically all sectors and foresees massive investments in basic infrastructure, said another official.
After the reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019, the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir was left with 54 projects under the PMDP with a disbursement of Rs 58,627 million rupees.
A total of nine projects with a disbursement of Rs 21,441 crore were transferred to the UT of Ladakh.
“The work at the PMDP since June 2018 and particularly in the past year has been rapid and unprecedented,” said the official.
Expenses in several projects, which represented 27% of the cost sanctioned in June 2018, shot up to 54% in July 2020.
The number of projects completed and projects substantially completed has correspondingly skyrocketed from seven in June 2018 to 17 in July 2020.
Bottlenecks, which were delaying up to nine projects about two years ago, have been removed.
Some of the major PMDP projects that have witnessed considerable progress or have been completed in the past year include the Rambagh overpass in Srinagar, which was opened to traffic after a delay of more than five years.
IIT Jammu has started operating from its own campus and an area of more than 2 lakh square feet was recently created.
The Srinagar Leh power transmission line and the Srinagar-Alusteng-Drass-Kargil-Leh 220 KV power transmission system have also been completed.
With this, Ladakh is now connected to the national network. This has ensured network connectivity and a reliable and quality power supply to the Ladakh region.
Ladakh can be supplied with energy in the winter and surplus energy can be evacuated from there in the summer, reducing dependence on diesel, increasing the economy and protecting the environment, the official said.
AIIMS construction work in Jammu has started. Two years ago, the land for the project had not been released and the project was stuck due to lack of land and other authorizations.
Similarly, the AIIMS project in Awantipora (Kashmir) stalled for lack of land and other authorizations. Now, the tender for the AIIMS campus in Awantipora has been submitted and is likely to be awarded soon.
The ring road in Jammu will be completed next year and all land acquisitions and related obstacles have been removed. In this project, 30 percent of the work has already been completed.
The new 8.45 km Banihal tunnel will be opened next year, as 86 percent of the work will be completed.
Work on major roads such as Jammu-Akhnoor Road, Chenani-Sudhmahadev Road has been accelerated
A sum of Rs. Rs 881 million has been earmarked for the reconstruction of health institutions.
Up to 144 projects have started and are working on 60 completed projects while working on 80 projects at a fast pace.
Despite having a hydroelectric potential of 20,000 MW, Jammu and Kashmir had been able to tap only 3,500 MW in 70 years.
In the last two years alone, capacity projects of approximately 3,000 MW were revived and launched. Work began on Pakal Dul 1,000 MW and Kiru 624 MW and two other projects: 800 MW Ratle and 540 MW Kwar have been launched.
Authorities said several projects have been undertaken to prevent flooding.
The Rs 2,000 crore Jhelum flood recovery project was key to increasing the carrying capacity of the Jhelum River and the flood channel.
Phase 1 of the program at a cost of Rs 399 crore is already nearing completion, which has resulted in Jhelum’s unloading carrying capacity being increased by 10,000 cusecs.
Phase II of the program will begin shortly, and when completed, will increase cargo capacity by an additional 15,000 cusecs.
Jammu and Kashmir, particularly the Kashmir division, witnessed the worst floods in 2014.