Indian Railways ‘moving mountains’ for connectivity! Well, not exactly mountains, but the national transporter has definitely had to divert a waterfall in the dense mountains of Araku valley to repair a 50-year old railway bridge. In October, a boulder broke off a mountain and completely destroyed a pier on the railway line in the Araku Valley region in Andhra Pradesh. Working on a stiff 60-day deadline, Indian Railways’ East Coast Railway division is currently undertaking the mammoth engineering task of repairing India’s highest broad-gauge freight line. We take a look at how Indian Railways is working round-the-clock to restore the vital freight line.
According to East Coast Railway, the boulder weighing nearly 700 tonnes, was the size of a house! It fell on the bridge and shattered its pier. The iron girders were also dislodged.
What has made the task of repairing the bridge even more difficult is the fact that Indian Railways had to divert a waterfall that has a sharp eight-degree curve to access the site of damage! The waterfall was diverted with the use of channels and pipes. Read More…
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