In a bid to provide close connectivity between the three states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has dedicated the first cable-stayed bridge of north India in Kathua district on river Ravi at Basholi situated on Dunera-Basohli-Bhadharwah road in Jammu & Kashmir to the nation.
- The Basohli Bridge is 4th of its kind in India. The other three cable-stayed bridges are Hooghly Bridge at Kolkata, Naini Bridge in Allahabad and Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link in Mumbai.
- The bridge has been designed by Canadian Company Infinity Engineers & IIT New Delhi had approved its design.
- It is a joint venture of IRCON a Railway Company and SP Singla Construction group.
- It is being constructed by Border Roads Organization (BRO).
- Project outlay – Rs 145 crore
- 300 tonnes of specially designed cables are being procured from Japan and Spain.
About Cable-stayed Bridge
- A typical cable-stayed bridge is a deck with one or two pylons erected above the piers in the middle of the span. The cables are attached diagonally to the girder to provide additional supports.
- The pylons form the primary load-bearing structure in these types of bridges.
- Large amounts of compression forces are transferred from the deck to the cables to the pylons and into the foundation
- These bridges have a low center of gravity which makes them efficient in resisting earthquakes.
Benefits of Basohli Bridge
The construction of this bridge will help in promotion of tourism in the area as a large number of tourists visiting picnic spot of Dalhousie and other sight-seeing places in neighbouring HP can also visit at Basohli.
- It will also prove to be a boost to the socio-economic development of the region with reduced distances to other important places like Dalhousie and Chamba.