Spectacular Bridges Within India

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Meenakshi Iyer
Jun 14, 2019   •  186 views

Bridges have been constructed in such places as over rivers, high altitude areas and even mountains where it seemed impossible. The bridges have introduced a huge change into the lives of people. This bridges have provided people access to the outside world making their life easier.

Some of these bridges are magnificent and are considered alluring pieces of engineering. So come let’s check out …

1) Pamban Bridge, Tamil Nadu

This 2.1 km long Bridge took close to 14 years to be completed and opened on 24th February, 1914. It was India's first and also the longest sea bridge in India until the opening of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link in 2010.

It is a railway bridge that connects the city of Rameswaram on Pamban Island to dry land Asian nation. This bridge is resting on solid material pillars and features a double-leaf construction section midway, which can be raised to let ships and barges pass through. Even after witnessing countless damages due to cyclone our Pamban Bridge stands tall.

2) Godavari Arch Bridge, Andhra Pradesh

One of the finest construction opened on 12th March 1997 spreading over 4.2 km spread over the Godavari River in Rajahmundry, India. This bridge can withstand the pressure of cyclonic storms and one of the prolonged span prestressed concrete arch bridges in Asia. It is said to be the recognized symbols of Rajahmundry.

3) Vembanad Rail Bridge, Kerala

The line is exclusively dedicated for cargo connecting Edappally to Vallarpadam surrounded by pristine backwaters of Kerala. Longest railway bridge in India with a total length of 4.6 km. Bridge was ready to use on 31st March 2010.

Officially known as Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link. This bridge stretches over 5.6 km entirely supported by cables that links Bandra with Worli in South Mumbai. The bridge was opened on 30th June 2009.

5) Jadukata Bridge, Meghalaya

Jadukata Bridge with a stretch of 140 m built over the River Kynshi, West Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya. This bridge is close by Indo-Bangladesh border and thus provides an important link to the road.

6) Dhola- Sadiya Bridge, Assam

Also referred to as the Bhupen Hazarika Setu opened on 26th May 2017. Length of 9.15 km across the Lohit River. The bridge connects the northern Assam and eastern Arunachal Pradesh. This bridge has been constructed to handle the heavy weight of Indian Army’s Arjun and T-72 main battle tanks to make smooth way for border protection in Arunachal Pradesh.

7) Howrah Bridge, Kolkata

One of the iconic bridges of British Era opened on 3rd February 1943 located over the Hooghly river over 705 m stretches. The bridge does not have nuts and bolts but was formed by fixing the whole structure. It still stands tall and has stood the test of time.

On 14th 1965 it had been renamed Rabindra Setu following the great Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, who was the first Indian and Asian Nobel laureate. This bridge is still popularly referred to as the Howrah Bridge.

8) Mahatma Gandhi Setu, Bihar

Subsequently known as Gandhi Setu or Ganga Setu. This bridge spans across the river Ganges connecting Patna to Hajipur. The total length of 5.75 kms stretch and it is the second longest river bridge in India opened to the public in May 1982. The India Post has even launched a postal stamp to pay tribute.

9) Coronation Bridge, Darjeeling

Opened in 1941 conjointly referred to as the Sevoke Bridge connecting the districts of Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri. This bridge spans across the Teesta River, it was named to honour the induction of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

Locals call the bridge Baghpul meaning tiger bridge because of the two lion statues at one entrance of the bridge and the pink colour of the bridge makes it stand with the exception of its surroundings.

10) Golden Bridge, Gujarat

Also known as Narmada Bridge which is made of iron. The bridge expands to 1.4 km. It was built and completed on 16th May 1881 by Britishers. It connects Ankleshwar to Bharuch in the Gujarat state of western India. The bridge was constructed across the Narmada River to create better access to trade and administration.

11) Kolia Bhomora Setu, Assam

It is named following the Ahom General Kolia Bhomora Phukan. Kolia Bhomora Setu is a pre-stressed concrete road bridge over the Brahmaputra River near Tezpur and Kaliabor in Assam, India. This bridge joins Sonitpur on the north bank with Nagaon District on the south bank. The length of this bridge is 3.1 km and was opened to the general public in 1987. Department of Posts issued a commemorative stamp of this bridge on 14 April 1987.

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