Hanging Bridge of Kota is a spectacular bridge over River Chambal that has no pillars to support in between the river. The bridge is completely suspended over the cables that hold it. This famous marvel of engineering was inaugurated on 29 August 2017 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The bridge offers you a spectacular scenic view that awaits your appraisal. The construction of this bridge completed the North-South and East-West highway corridors of India. It is the first hanging bridge of Rajasthan and third in the country, the first one being the Vidyasagar Setu and the second one is Howrah Bridge.
Read further for more exciting details of this splendid place-
Information on Hanging Bridge-
The Hanging Bridge or the Kota Cable Bridge is a 6-lane bridge over the River Chambal that has a height of around 60 meters from the river water surface and a width of 30 meters.
The longest span of the bridge that is without any support is around 350 meters, while the total length of this cable suspended bridge is 1.5 kilometers.
The construction work of the bridge got its agreement signed in the year 2006 but the actual work started in the year 2008 and got completed in the year 2017, after a long span of 11 years.
The construction of the bridge was done by Hyundai Engineering (HEC) which is a South Korean company and has achieved great excellence in such risky and vast projects, that demand a lot of hard work as input.
The total cost for the construction of the bridge was around INR 277 crore and was funded by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). The work was projected to be accomplished within a span of 40 months but it got delayed due to the accident.
Bridge During Construction Phase Image ©mesmerisingindia.com
On Tuesday, 29 August 2017, Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi digitally inaugurated this auspicious creation of engineering for passage of public traffic by pressing a remote button from Udaipur, as a part of INR 15,000 crore road projects in Rajasthan.
The bridge is capable to handle a decent amount of traffic on a daily bases and is also suitable for the conditions of traffic jams. This massive bridge is made in such a way that it could sustain strong, winds, thunderstorms, and heavy rains too. The signaling system has been developed for times of earthquakes.
This breathtaking and picturesque location of the bridge has now become a tourist attraction for people. People visit here for clicking some awesome pics and some to have some scenic views during their cycle rides.
The Hanging Bridge is supported by two huge concrete pillars on each side of the river. These pillars hold the suspended bridge through highly aerodynamic thick iron cables that are capable of holding high loads.
Closeup of a Pillar Image ©mesmerisingindia.com
On the evening of 24 December 2009, at about 5:30 PM a section of the under-construction bridge got collapsed into the river without any prior warning signs. This accident led to the life casualty of 48 workers and engineers along with injuries to others.
How to Reach Hanging Bridge?
The nearest railway station to this bridge is Kota Junction, at a mere distance of about 17 km and can be accessed within half an hour.
The New Bus Stand at Dhanmandi is the nearest bus stand to this place and is at a distance of about 12 kilometers.
It would be best to have a visit to the bridge through private vehicles as public vehicles like city buses, autorickshaws, and tempos are not functional here.
Tips and Precautions-
Do not stop your vehicles on the bridge for long durations for having pics as it might result in serious accidents too.
Please do not lean your body down the bridge’s boundary wall as you might get harmed in place of enjoying your day.
Try to cross the bridge within the least time possible so as to reduce any chance of mishaps.