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Tallest rail bridge over Chenab river clears safety test

New Delhi: Work has resumed on the construction of the world’s tallest railway bridge over Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district after its alignment was found safe by a team of IIT-Delhi.

The Chenab rail bridge, slated to be 35 metre taller than the 324 metre tall Eiffel Tower in Paris, is a crucial link in the 125 km Katra-Banihal rail link.

“The IIT-Delhi team headed by Prof KS Rao carried out the safety tests of the proposed 359 metre tall bridge. It found the bridge construction fulfils all safety parameters,” a senior Railway Ministry official said.

The construction of the bridge was halted in July 2008 after concerns were raised over its safety and alignment.

Railways had constituted a seven-member expert committee headed by former Chairman, Railway Board, M Ravindran to examine the issue.

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