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A tour across India's amazing bridges

Last updated on: October 18, 2013 17:43 IST

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India has an impressive network of bridges across the country.

Take a look at some of the engineering marvels in India…

Vidyasagar Setu
West Bengal

The bridge connects Howrah to Kolkata. It is the longest cable-stayed bridge in India and one of the longest in Asia, at a total length of 822.96 metres.

Commissioned in 1992, it was built at a cost of Rs 388 crore (Rs 3.88 billion). 

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Image: Vidyasagar Setu
Photographs: V3mpyrik/Wikimedia Commons

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Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link/Bandra-Worli Sea Link

Maharashtra

The pride of Mumbai, the Bandra-Worli Sea Link is a cable-stayed bridge which links Bandra and the western suburbs of Mumbai with Worli and central Mumbai.

The 1,600 crore ($356.8 million) project of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) was executed by Hindustan Construction Company.

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Image: RajivGandhiSea Link/Bandra-Worli Sea Link


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Annai Indira Gandhi Bridge/Pamban Bridge
Tamil Nadu

After the Bandra-Worli sea link, PambanBridge is the second longest sea bridge in India at a length of about 2.3 km.

This also has the distinction of being India's first sea bridge. A cantilever bridge on the Palk Strait, it connects Rameswaram on PambanIsland to mainland India.

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Image: Annai Indira Gandhi Bridge
Photographs: Indiancorrector/Wikimedia Commons

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Mahatma Gandhi Setu
Bihar

The bridge over the river Gange, connects Patna to Hajipur in north Bihar.

The bridge stretches across a distance of 5.6 kilometres.

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Photographs: Gammon India

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Howrah Bridge/Rabindra Setu
West Bengal

The Howrah Bridge on the Hoogly River, Kolkata is the largest cantilever bridge in India. The Howrah Bridge connects Kolkata and Howrah.

On 14 June 1965, it was renamed Rabindra Setu, after Rabindranath Tagore.

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Photographs: Dilip Muralidaran/Wikimedia Commons

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Saraighat Bridge
Assam

The first rail-cum-road bridge across the Brahmaputra was opened to traffic in April 1962 at Saraighat.

The 3,015 metre long road bridge over river Brahmaputra was built for the North Frontier Railway.

This bridge links north-eastern states with the rest of India.

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Image: Saraighat Bridge
Photographs: Vikramjit Kakati/Wikimedia Commons

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Coronation Bridge
West Bengal

The Coronation Bridge, also known as the Sevoke Bridge, in Darjeeling spans across the Teesta River, connecting Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri.

It was named to commemorate the coronation of King George VI in 1937 and was completed in 1941.

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Photographs: Dulalkarmakar8/Wikimedia Commons

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Panvalnadi Bridge
Maharashtra

The tallest bridge in India is on the Panval river in Maharashtra. 

The tallest pier of the bridge is 64 metres above bed level and the length of the bridge is 424 metres.

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Photographs: Courtesy, Larsen & Toubro

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Vembanad Rail Bridge
Kerala

Vembanad Rail Bridge is the longest rail bridge in India. The bridge is used only for goods traffic.

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Photographs: Courtesy, Gammon India

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Yamuna Bridge
Uttar Pradesh

The Naini Bridge over Yamuna River is one of the largest cable-stayed bridges in India, connecting Allahabad with Naini.

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Photographs: Dhirendram/Wikimedia Commons

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Narmada River Bridge/Golden Bridge
Gujarat

The Golden Bridge that connects Ankleshwar to Bharuch was built in 1881 by the British. 

The bridge was built to enhance the transport network to Mumbai.

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Photographs: Vortexrealm/Wikimedia Commons

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Godavari Rail Bridge
Andhra Pradesh

Godavari Rail Bridge is the longest bridge in Andhra Pradesh.

Also known as the Kovvur-Rajahmundry Bridge, it is Asia's second longest road-cum-rail bridge crossing a water body.

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Photographs: Rishabhchandan /WikimediaCommons

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New Nizamuddin bridge
New Delhi

The Nizamuddin bridge over river Yamuna on NH-24 connects east and west Delhi.

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Image: An elephant carries a heap of leaves through traffic on a bridge over river Yamuna.
Photographs: Parth Sanyal/Reuters.

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Chenab River Bridge
Jammu & Kashmir

By 2016, India will have the highest railway bridge in the world, over the river Chenab.

An arch bridge presently under construction, it spans the Chenab River between Bakkal and Kauri, in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The bridge will be 4,144 ft long and five times the height of Qutab Minar at 359 metres above river bed.

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Image: Chenab River Bridge
Photographs: Courtesy, WSP Group.

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Prakasham Barrage
Andhra Pradesh

The impressive Prakasam Barrage stretches across a distance of 1223.5 meters across the Krishna River connecting Guntur and Krishna districts.

The barrage serves as a road bridge.

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Image: Prakasham Barrage
Photographs: Subhash Chandra/Wikimedia Commons

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Ellis Bridge
Gujarat

A landmark in Ahmedabad, the Ellis Bridge is built across river Sabarmati. Constructed in 1870, the original bridge constructed by British engineers had a wooden structure, which was replaced by steel in 1882.

It has been renamed Swami Vivekananda bridge.

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Image: Ellis Bridge
Photographs: Vijayant.das/Wikimedia Commons

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Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Bridge, Nashik
Maharashtra

Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Bridge is the second longest road bridge in India.

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Image: Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Bridge, Nashik
Photographs: Rohanguy/Wikimedia Commons

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Nehru Bridge
Gujarat

Built across the river Sabarmati, it is a modern bridge compared to the landmark Ellis Bridge.

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Photographs: Akshat and Umar/Wikimedia Commons

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Kolia Bhomora Setu
Assam 

The 3015-metre road bridge over the Brahmaputra River near Tezpur in Assam is named after the General Kolia Bhomora Phukan.

This bridge connects Sonitpur on the northern side with Nagaon District in the south.

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Image: Kolia Bhomora Setu
Photographs: Tezpur4u/WIkimedia Commons

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Napier Bridge, Chennai
Tamil Nadu

Napier Bridge built over the CoovumRiver connects Fort St. George with the Marina beach.

It was built in 1869 by Francis Napier, the Governor of Madras from 1866 to 1872.


Photographs: Ashokarsh/Wikimedia Commons

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