India: First cable-stayed ‘Anji Khad bridge’ of Indian Railways underway in J&K

Reasi (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: The construction of the Anji Khad bridge is currently taking place in the Reasi district, which is part of the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. This is all happening as part of the very difficult Udampur-Srinagar-Baramulla-Rail Link (USBRL) Project for the Indian Railways.

The distance between the bridge and Jammu, as measured by road, is approximately 80 kilometres.The Anji Khad Bridge, which connects Katra and Reasi in Jammu and Kashmir, is the first cable-stayed bridge of the Indian Railways. It is part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) Project, a national project.

The bridge is situated in the Himalayan range, which consists of young fold mountains with complex and fragile geological features such as faults, folds, and thrusts, and is also prone to seismic activity. IIT Roorkee and IIT Delhi conducted the site-specific investigations in great detail.

To stabilize the slopes of the mountain that support one foundation of the main span, a special hybrid foundation was used on the Katra end of the bridge due to space limitations. The main pylon, which has a 40-meter-deep hybrid foundation, the central embankment, and the ancillary viaduct were constructed mostly on the Srinagar end of the bridge.

The bridge has a total length of 725.5 meters and has been divided into four parts to make construction easier and more suitable for the site conditions. These four parts include a 120-meter-long approach viaduct on the Reasi side, a 38-meter-long approach bridge on the Katra end (CA2), the main bridge with a cable-stayed portion of 473.25 meters that crosses the deep valley, and a central embankment of 94.25 meters that is located between the main bridge and an approach (ancillary) viaduct.

The Anji Khad Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge totalling 473.25 meters, including a main span of 290 meters. It connects tunnels T2 and T3 on the Katra-Banihal section of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link project.

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