7 Longest River Bridges In India

Mahatma Gandhi Setu
7 Longest River Bridges In India
Mahatma Gandhi Setu over the river Ganga, is one of the longest bridge in the world of its kind. The bridge was inaugurated in 1982 by the then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi. The bridge connects Patna with Hazipur and is considered as the lifeline between the state capital and the northern Bihar. It has a length of 5,575 m stretched over 48 pilers. It consists of 46 spans of 121 m each and 2 spans of 63.53 m at each end.The deck provides for a 7.5 m wide 2 lane roadways with 2 m wide footpaths on either side. The bridge was built by Gammon India Limited at an expenditure of Rs 87 crore. It is built using cantilever segmental construction method. Currently it is a part of National Highway 19.

Mahatma Gandhi Setu stands on forty piers and for better navigational purposes the span arrangement has been done in such a manner that it does not affect the movement of ships and big boats. To accommodate free movement of ships, height has been kept optimum except for the last few spans on the Hajipur side, which covers a length of 305 m. An excellent specimen of better plan and execution, Gandhi Setu has served an example.

Total length: 5,575 m

Location: Patna
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