Vembanad Rail Bridge
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|Vembanad Rail Bridge|
|Other name(s)||Edappally - Vallarpadam Bridge|
|Total length||4.62 km|
|No. of spans||132|
|Constructed by||AFCONS Infrastructure Ltd|
|Construction start||June 2007|
|Construction end||31 March 2010|
|Inaugurated||11 February 2011|
|Daily traffic||15 trains *|
Vembanad Rail Bridge is a rail connecting Edappally and Vallarpadam in Kochi, Kerala. With a total length of 4,620 metres, it is the longest railway bridge in India. The line is dedicated solely for freight.
The construction of the bridge started on June 2007 and was completed on 31 March 2010. The rail bridge is being built by Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd.,Chennai PIU, A Government of India Enterprise (RVNL).
The link from Edapally to Vallarpadam start from Edapally running 3 km parallel to an existing track until it reaches Vaduthala. The rail line then passes through the Vembanad Bridge through 3 small islands, including the Idyakkara and Mulavukadu islands,Vembanad Lake to reach Vallarpadam. 80% of the bridge is constructed over water.
A total of 11700 tonnes of reinforced steel, 58000 tonnes of cement, 99000 cubic metre of metal aggregates, 73500 cubic metre of sand, 127000 cubic metre of concrete work and 154308 cubic metre of earth work went into this project. The bridge is constructed over pile foundations at 133 locations. The bridge comprises 231 girders, each weighing 220 tonnes. The bridge has 132 spans consisting of 33 spans of 20 m and 99 spans of 40 m which are made of PSC girders and cater to electric traction.
- International Container Transshipment Terminal, Kochi
- List of longest bridges in the world
- List of longest bridges above water in India
- "A bridge over Vembanad Lake". The Hindu. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
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