Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has inaugurated the longest single-lane suspension bridge in India in the Tehri Garhwal district of Himachal Pradesh. The bridge is now fully open for travel. The bridge will significantly reduce travel time between Pratap Nagar town and Tehri Garhwal district headquarters, officials said.
The 725 meter long Dobra-Chanti Suspension Bridge is beautiful site and the manufacturers claim that driving through it is an experience. The inauguration was promoted by the promise of reducing travel time for travelers and locals alike beyond a pleasant experience.
Construction of the bridge began in 2006 and is scheduled for completion in 2008. It is only now open to the public after 12 years due to numerous road obstacles and challenges, including design shortcomings and cost overruns. This will reduce the five-hour journey time between Pratapgarh and Tehri to just 90 minutes. In the past, the locals used an 85 km long road to travel to both the places.
Built at a cost of Rs 2.95 crore, the suspension bridge will not only help the locals to travel faster but will also attract tourists to the place. The inauguration of the bridge is an important and historic moment for the state. Chief Minister Rawat said Pratap Nagar would not only connect the people of the city with the district headquarters but also pave the way for development.The bridge over Tehri Lake is also a reminder of the sacrifices made by the people of old Tehri Garhwal for the Tehri Dam project.