UPA Chairperson, Sonia Gandhi laid the foundation stone for a cable-stayed bridge on 10.5 kms Dunera-Bani road over river Ravi at Basohli in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir. The 592-metre bridge will be constructed at a cost of Rs 145 crore and the contract for the construction of the bridge has been awarded to IRCON-SPS Construction Pvt Ltd.
The two-lane class A bridge with 13.93 meters width will have 1.5 meter wide footpaths on either side. The length between towers will be 350 meters and approaches 121 meters. The height of pylons is designed to be 88 meters above the deck level. The bridge is expected to be completed by end 2014. The Basohli bridge will be a technological marvel and will be a cable-stayed bridge, similar to the second Hoogly bridge at Kolkotta, Naini Bridge at Allahabad and the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link at Mumbai.