Mrs Sonia Gandhi unveiling the
plaque to lay the foundation stone of the construction of the
cable stayed bridge, at Basohli, in Jammu & Kashmir on May 23,
(Jammu & Kashmir): Chairperson of National Advisory
Council (NAC) Mrs. Sonia Gandhi May 23 laid the foundation stone of Jammu
and Kashmir’s first cable-stayed bridge at Basohli in Kathua
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
Mrs Gandhi reminisced that the project was the dream of former
Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
She recalled that Rajiv Gandhi was to
lay the foundation stone of this bridge in 1989 but the event
could not take place due to the announcement of the elections.
The 592 metre bridge will be built by the Border Raods
Organisation of the Ministry of Defence at a cost of Rs 145 Crores.
Scheduled to be constructed by September 2014, the bridge will
open up avenues for commercial mining of materials like Gypsum and
Flanked by Defence Minister AK Antony, Union Minister for
Health & Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad, Minister for New &
Renewable Energy Dr Farooq Abdullah, Chief Minister of J&K Omar Abdullah, JKPCC Chief Saifuddin Soz, Minister of
State for Defence Dr MM Pallam Raju, Defence Secretary
Pradeep Kumar and Director General Border Roads Lt Gen Ravi
Shankar, Mrs Gandhi broke an auspicious coconut to mark the
beginning of work on the Project. The event was preceded by a
brief multi-faith ceremony.
The Basohli bridge is going to be a technological marvel. 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. It 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