Who: North India’s first cable bridge
Where: Basohali town of Jammu & Kashmir
What: Was inaugurated
When: 24 December 2015
Why: To improve connectivity among J&K, Himachal Pradesh & Punjab
Basohali: Town located in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir
The Basohali town which is located in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir was in news on 24 December 2015 as the Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar dedicated the first cable-stayed bridge of North India to the nation.
Key details related to Basohli Cable-Bridge
• The 592-metre bridge was constructed over river Ravi on Dunera- Basohli-Bhadharwah road.
• It would provide close connectivity between three northern states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.
• It is fourth of its kind in India and first in North India and Jammu and Kashmir.
• It was constructed by Border Roads Organization (BRO) at a cost of 145 crore rupees.
• The work on the cable stay bridge of the state was started in May 2011 and its completion is expected to boost the connectivity and tourism in the area.
Other three major cable-stayed bridges in India
• Vidyasagar Setu – Over the Hoogly River in Kolkata
• Bandra-Worli Sea Link – Mumbai
• New Yamuna Bridge – Over Yamuna River in Allahabad