Mumbai Sea Link Clone In J&K22 May 2011
Srinagar: Mumbai sea link will have a clone in Jammu and Kashmir! Work on the strategically important cable-stayed bridge over Ravi connecting Jammu & Kashmir with Himachal Pradesh and Punjab will finally take off in Basholi in Kathua district of Jammu from Monday. The bridge, similar to the second Hooghly Bridge in Kolkata, Naini Bridge in Allahabad, and Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link in Mumbai, will help the armed forces to cut the reaction time in rushing troops to the forward areas in case of exigencies. The Basohli Bridge will have a tower height of about 88 metres above deck level. The decking and the span regions will only be supported by cables. There will be 1.5 meter wide footpaths on both sides. Built by the Border Roads Organization at a cost of Rs 145 crores,the 592 meter bridge will open up an alternative route to National Highway 1-A. It may be recalled that the Border Roads Organization, raised in 1960, was primarily tasked to build strategic roads for the Army. It has now diversified to bridging, tunneling and building airfields. “Therefore the construction of the bridge has been awarded to IRCON-SPS Construction Private Limited”, said SN Acharya, officiating defence spokesman at Jammu Scheduled to be completed by September 2014, the bridge will open up avenues for commercial mining of materials like Gypsum and Lime stone at different places. “It will connect Kashmir valley via Basholi, Bani, Bhaderwah, Kishtwar, Chhatroo and Anantnag. It not only will and boost development of these areas with better connectivity”, said Acharya . Defence spokesman added the bridge will also open up new areas for development and tourism in Kathua and Doda districts in J&K. “From a technical point of view, the Basholi bridge is going to be a technological marvel”, he said.