Around 80% work of the cable-stayed bridge which collapsed in 2009 has been completed and it would be fully constructed by May 2017, a senior National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) official said. The bridge would provide its first bypass facility to Kota City.
NHAI officials along with officials of Hyundai Engineering Private Limited and Gammon India had a meeting on the design and technical aspects about the cable- stayed bridge construction on Wednesday which was presided over by the BN Sahay, general manager, Rajasthan, NHAI Headquarter (New Delhi).
Member of Parliament from Kota, Om Birla also visited the cable-stayed bridge site in Kota on Wednesday.
Talking to the media, Sahay said that the design of the bridge is cable-stayed with single plain suspension with the main span of 350 metres and lateral spans of 175 metres on either side of the bridge. The bridge is around 60-metre-high from the surface of the Chambal River.
Sahay said the construction work of cable-stayed bridge is around 80% complete and its construction would be complete by May 2017.
“ A P4 pylon had collapsed during the mishap which has now been reconstructed and now the construction of main span is underway,” said Sahay. “Out of the 350 metres of main span, work on around 175 metres has already completed,” he said.
The collapse of the under-construction cable-stayed bridge on December 24, 2009 delayed the construction of the bridge in which around 48 persons including mostly construction labourers were killed.
Before the collapse of the bridge, the deadline for completion of construction of the bridge was June, 2010. The initial cost of the project was worth Rs 213.59 crore.
Om Birla said that work on the cable-stayed bridge would be completed soon.
“Completion of cable-stayed bridge over Chambal River in Kota would provide bypass facility to Kota City which would make it road-accident free as presently heavy vehicles have to pass through the city,” he said.
The construction of cable-stayed bridge under NHAI’s East-West Corridor project on National Highway 76 had commenced in November, 2006.