Dobra-Chanti, India’s longest suspension bridge. Photo: twitter.com/@tsrawatbjp
India’s longest single-lane suspension bridge is now open to the public. The Dobra-Chanti bridge over Uttarakhand’s Tehri lake runs for 725 metres and connects Tehri and Pratapnagar. The suspension bridge reduces the time taken to commute between the towns to 1.5 hours from 5 hours.
Dobra-Chanti bridge, built over the Tehri Dam, was commissioned in 2006. While its construction was supposed to have been completed in 2008, various roadblocks, including funding constraints, led to a 12-year delay. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat inaugurated the bridge on 8 November to mark the 21st Foundation Day of the state.
The construction of the Tehri Dam submerged the bridge that once connected Tehri with Pratapnagar. This forced commuters to take a 100km detour, even though the two towns are only around 70km apart. Now, the Dobra-Chanti bridge is expected to benefit more than 3 lakh commuters.
At 260.5 metres, Tehri Dam is one of the world’s tallest and India’s tallest. The lake, a major tourist attraction because of the annual Tehri Lake Festival, is expected to bring in an even higher number of tourists in the future, thanks to the Dobra-Chanti bridge.