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Work restarts on Indian mega bridge

Construction work has started again on the world’s tallest railway bridge in India after experts found that its alignment was safe enough for the project to continue.

Work was halted on the Chenab rail bridge over the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district in July 2008 after concerns were raised over safety aspects of its alignment. The completed structure would be 35 metres taller than the 324m Eiffel Tower and is a vital link in the Katra-Banihal rail link.

The country’s Railway Ministry had formed a seven-strong expert committee, led by former Railway Board chairman M Ravindran, to examine the issue.

“The IIT-Delhi team carried out the safety tests of the proposed 359m tall bridge,” a senior Railway Ministry official told the Times of India. “It found the bridge construction fulfils all safety parameters. Tests were conducted for safety aspects of the high structure and the alignment by the IIT-D team. Results are very satisfactory.”

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