Maitri, the longest suspension bridge was built by the Indian army over the Indus River at Choglamsar village in Leh. It was inaugurated by War Veterans of the region on April 1, on the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas. The cable suspension bridge, named Maitri, was built by the combat engineers of the Fire and Fury Corps of the Indian Army in a record time of 40 days.
Maitri bridge over Indus river
In a major boost to connectivity in remote areas in Ladakh, the Indian Army has built a 260-feet long bridge. However, the cable suspension bridge was opened for the public. It has been renamed as ‘Maitri Bridge’, according to an ANI report. Indian Army undertook the operation to construct a bridge after the Civil Administration the forces to build the infrastructure.
The bridge was constructed to help residents Choglamsar, Stok and Chuchot villages which are the largest ones in the Ladakh region. Indeed, it was built by the combat engineers of the Fire and Fury Corps of the Indian Army and was inaugurated by war veterans this week. Senior war veterans from Ladakh region were present along with Lt Gen YK Joshi, AVSM, VrC, SM, General Officer Commanding ‘Fire, and Fury Corps’ on the occasion.
Suspension Bridge constructed over Indus River by Combat Engineers ‘Fire & Fury Corps’ was inaugurated by local War Veterans of region on 1 April 2019.Built in a record time of 40 days 'Maitri Bridge' is longest Suspension Bridge over River Indus.#NationFirst pic.twitter.com/PDQJgOVxwl
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The importance is given by the Government
The Narendra Modi government had spotlighted on constructing for all-weather road connectivity in the region. Last year an all-weather accessible road was built from Manali in Himachal Pradesh to Ladakh via Zanskar in Kargil. Last year the work for the Zojila tunnel, which is Asia’s longest, was kickstarted by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This was part of the 25,000 crore projects allocated by the Centre for Jammu and Kashmir. PM Modi himself termed the Zojila tunnel as a modern day marvel.
The construction of the bridge was also made possible due to the valuable help of locals from nearby villages. In order to complete the bridge, the Indian Army had to ferry 500 tonnes of construction materials and bridge equipment. However, a couple of years back the Indian Army had also helped construct three foot-over bridges in Mumbai suburban railway stations following the collapse of the Elphinstone bridge.