Crane company pursues challenges for historical Indian railway project

A 25-ton (28 sh tn) 21CM550 tower crane is working on the construction of Anji Khad Bridge, the first cable-stayed railway bridge in India, 331 m (1086 ft) above the river. Photo courtesy COMANSA

A 25-ton (28 sh tn) 21CM550 tower crane is working on the construction of Anji Khad Bridge, the first cable-stayed railway bridge in India, 331 m (1086 ft) above the river.

In January 2017, Indian Railways awarded HCC (Hindustan Construction Company) the contract to build a cable-stayed bridge for the Udhampur Srinagar Baramulla Rail Link Project (USBRL) being developed by Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd. to connect Katra and Reasi stations on the Jammu-Baramulla line.

An arch bridge was planned in Anji Khad, but a technical committee decided that the location was unsuitable for this kind of bridge and instead decided to build a cable-stayed bridge with a single pylon standing above the riverbed.

To respond to the demands of the project, and the challenge of constructing the pylon at a complex site, HCC selected a 21CM550 flat-top crane designed for where particularly heavy loads must be moved.

The company’s cranes are equipped with a lightning protection system  designed to prevent damage to electronic devices. Furthermore, their capacity to withstand wind pressure meets European C25 standards.

COMANSA enjoys this collaboration of M/S Escorts Ltd., its local partner in India, which allows the company to make use of technical service and acquire spare parts as quickly as possible in order to meet the project’s deadlines and open this project in December 2022.

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