Cable-stayed bridge to connect J&K with Punjab, Himachal

Press Trust of India Basohli (J&K) | Updated on May 23, 2011 Published on May 23, 2011

UPA Chairperson, Ms Sonia Gandhi, on Monday laid the foundation stone of Jammu and Kashmir’s first cable-stayed bridge in Kathua district that will connect the state with neighbouring Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.

After West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir is the third state in the country and the first in northern India to get a cable-stayed bridge.

The bridge is an important link in the state to connect Doda-Kishtwar region and Bhaderwah tourist resort. The structure will also connect Basohli in Kathua district with Punjab. The 592-metre bridge is to be built by the Border Roads Organisation at a cost of Rs 145 crore.

Director General of BRO, Lieutenant General Ravi Shanker, said the proposed structure would be built on the lines of the Vidyasagar Setu (Kolkata), Naini Bridge (Allahabad) and the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link (Mumbai).

It will also open up an alternative route to National Highway 1A and to the Kashmir Valley via Basholi, Bani, Bhaderwah, Kishtwar, Chhatroo and Anantnag and boost development of these areas, he said.

The contract for the construction of the bridge, scheduled to be constructed by September 2014, has been awarded to IRCON-SPS Construction Pvt Ltd.

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Published on May 23, 2011
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