The Chenab bridge is a crucial link in the Katra-Banihal rail project
NEW DELHI: The attempts to connect every part of Jammu and Kashmir to the railway are underway, and the Katra-Banihal rail link project is likely to be completed by December 2022, said Railway Board chairman VK Yadav on Friday.
“This is a very difficult project and there are a lot of challenges in the last phase because it requires the construction of a large number of tunnels and bridges. Work on the last stretch of 111 kilometres from Katra to Banihal is in progress and the project is targeted to be completed by December 2022,” said Yadav during a virtual press conference.
He said that out of the 163 kilometres of tunnels in the entire project, the national transporter has completed tunnelling work of over 126 kilometres. Further, he said, the Railways have completed the construction of over 20 out of 37 small and large bridges.
It is worth mentioning that the Railways is constructing the arch bridge on Chenab river as part of the rail link project and India’s first cable-stayed rail bridge, ‘Anji Bridge’ has been designed to handle heavy storms of strong winds.
Yadav said that for the completion of this proje