India is a land of roads, rivers, and also bridges that connect the first two easily for an easy commute. Whenever you go in India whether within the city limits or on highways, the infrastructure works, especially of bridges are always on. Bridges are not only a product of concrete and metal but it is a connection between two different places where at one point of time was very difficult to reach.
There are many bridges in India, who just don’t connect places, but they are state-of-the-art infrastructure as well and they are known for their technical brilliance also. The attraction of these bridges is such that many people come specially to visit them also. So, let us know about 7 of these bridges that are infrastructural marvels.
Vidhyasagar Setu (Kolkata, West Bengal)
- Vidhyasagar Setu was built on Hooghly (Ganga) river to connect Howrah and Kolkata city.
- Because this bridge is hanging on cables only it makes its importance extra special.
- Vidhyasagar Setu is considered to be one of the most beautiful bridges of India.
- Looking at Vidhyasagar Setu at night is a sight to believe.
- This bridge started to get built-in 1978 and finished in 1992.
- Vidhyasagar Setu is 457 meters long and 35 meters wide.
- Approximately 1 lakh vehicles pass through this bridge every day.
Coronation Bridge (Darjeeling, West Bengal)
- Coronation Bridge is built on the Teesta River in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal.
- This bridge was built in 1941 at the expense of approximately 4 lakh rupees.
- Because of the natural surrounding, the Coronation Bridge gives the visitor and extra benefit of sightseeing as well.
Vembanad Bridge (Near Kochi, Kerala)
- Vembanad Bridge is situated near Kochi, Kerala, and it is considered to be India’s most beautiful railway bridge.
- This bridge connects the Adapalli and Vallarpadam parts of Kochi.
- This basically is a railway bridge and it has 62 kilometers in length.
- Easily the Wembnad bridge is one of India’s longest railway bridges.
- Wembnad bridge passes through three islands of Wembnad reservoir.
Bandra – Worli Sea Link (Mumbai, Maharashtra)
- Bandra – Worli Sea Link is a cable stand bridge and that means it is fully supported by cables, and it is situated in Mumbai.
- This bridge is built on Mahim creek and it is a state-of-the-art infrastructure of India.
- This bridge was built to lessen the traffic problems between west and south Mumbai.
- After a long time of opposition and efforts, this bridge was opened in the year 2009.
- It takes a 10 to 15 minutes drive from Bandra to Worli and vice versa.
Mahatma Gandhi Setu (Bihar)
- Mahatma Gandhi Setu is the longest bridge built over a river in India.
- Mahatma Gandhi Setu is built on the Ganga River.
- This bridge was opened in 1982 and it connects the capital city of Bihar, Patna with Hajipur.
- It took 10 years for Gamon India to complete this 75 kilometers wonder.
- Slowly but surely Mahatma Gandhi Setu became an integral part of the people of Bihar as thousands of vehicles and people use this bridge every day.
- Mahatma Gandhi Setu is considered to be an engineering wonder and the Indian Post has also issued a commemorative stamp on it.
Pamban Bridge (Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu)
- Pamban Bridge in Tamil Nadu is India’s first-ever bridge that was built on the sea and was opened in 1914.
- Till 1988 when a road bridge was made around the same place Pamban Bridge remained the only source to connect Rameshwaram with the Indian mainland.
- German engineer Scherzer designed this bridge in such a way that it can be dismantled and huge sea vessels can also be passing through. This part of the bridge is known as Scherzer Span.
- It took a decade to complete work on Pamban Bridge.
- Pamban Bridge has seen through many tough kinds of weather and tornados but it is still standing tall.
Golden Bridge (Bharuch, Gujarat)
- Golden Bridge near Bharuch, Gujarat is an iconic bridge from the British era.
- This bridge connects Bharuch with Ankleshwar on river Narmada.
- The reason behind building this bridge was to make traffic movement easy between Gujarat and Mumbai port.
- Golden Bridge was built in 1981 and still, it is standing firm and tall.
- Because of huge amount of money got spent on this bridge it has been named as ‘Golden Bridge’.
- Even after India’s independence, the Golden Bridge is still one of the iconic monuments of Gujarat.