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Construction : General1213 | May 2011 | Source : Construction Update

Cable-stayed bridge project at Basohli

As per Government of India press release, the Chairperson of National Advisory Council Smt Sonia Gandhi has laid the foundation stone of Jammu and Kashmirs first cable-stayed bridge at Basohli in Kathua district on 23rd May 2011. The bridge will usher in new technology in harmony with the beautiful surroundings; provide an impetus to development and tourism by connecting the states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir, besides opening a new strategic route in the region.

The Basohli bridge is going to be a technological marvel. The 592 metre bridge will be built by the Border Raods Organisation of the Ministry of Defence at a cost of Rs 145 Crore.  It will be a cable-stayed bridge, similar to the Second Hoogly bridge at Kolkotta, Naini Bridge at Allahabad and the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link at Mumbai. 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 metre wide footpaths on both sides. The contract for the construction of the bridge has been awarded to IRCON-SPS Construction Pvt Ltd.

The construction is scheduled to be completed by September 2014. Once completed the bridge will open up avenues for commercial mining of materials like Gypsum and Lime stone.

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