The world's highest railway bridge is being constructed in India over the Chenab River, to link sections of the mountainous regions within the country's northern Jammu and Kashmir state. Expected to be completed in 2016, it is likely to be 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower.

The bridge will connect Baramulla to Jammu in the Himalayan state with a travel time of six-and-a-half hours, almost half the time it currently takes.

Work on the bridge started in 2002 but safety and feasibility concerns, including the area's strong winds, saw the project halted in 2008 before being green-lighted again two years later.

The estimated cost of the project, which is being handled by Konkan railway corporation, a subsidiary of state-owned Indian railways, is $92 million.

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Indian labourers work at the site of the under-construction world's highest railway bridge over the Chenab river in Kauri PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images
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Trucks are pictured at the site of the under-construction world's highest railway bridge PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images
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The bridge will connect Baramulla to Jammu in the Himalayan state PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images
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A general view of the site of the under-construction PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images
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A truck comes out of a tunnel near the site PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images
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Indian engineers are toiling in the Himalayas to build the world's highest railway bridge PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images
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A view of the construction area PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images
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The bridge is expected to be 359 metres (1,177 feet) high when completed PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images
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A digger at the site in the Himalayas PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images