India is one of the fastest growing countries in the world. India is developing its infrastructure faster than the past. India wants to become a superpower in the world. It is impossible to become superpower without proper infrastructure. That’s why India has already started to develop the best infrastructure across the country. In this article, we have compiled a list of the longest bridges in India including Indian Railways bridges.
Top 5 Longest Bridges in India including Railway Bridges
1. Bandra-Worli Sea Link
Bandra-Worli Sea Link is the largest bridge in India which was built on the Mahim Bay with a length of 5600 m (18400 ft). It is now another life line of Mumbai because it has reduced the travel time as well as the cost of fuel. This bridge was opened in 2009 for the public use. The bridge is now also one of the tourist attractions in the city of Mumbai.
2. Mahatma Gandhi Setu
Mahatma Gandhi Setu is the second largest bridge in India which was built on the river of Ganges to connect Hajipur and north of Bihar in Patna. The length of the bridge is 5575 m (18291 ft) including the facilities of pedestrian pathways on both sides as well as 4 lane road. The bridge is maintained by the State Government of Bihar. It was designed by Gammon India Limited. The bridge was opened in 1982 by the then Prime Minister of India Mrs Indira Gandhi.
3. Vikramshila Setu
Vikramshila Setu is the third longest bridge in India. It was built on the river of Ganges and it is also maintained by the Government of Bihar. It is also the second longest bridge in the state of Bihar after Mahatma Gandhi Setu. The length of the bridge is 4700 m (15400 ft). The bridge was opened in 2001 for public. According to the rules, heavy vehicles and four wheeler vehicle owners have to pay toll fee to use this bridge.
4. Vembanad Rail Bridge
Vembanad Rail Bridge is a longest rail bridge in India with a length of 4.62 km and width 5 m. It is the fourth longest bridge in India. The bridge is only used for the Indian Railways trains, which was opened on 11th February, 2011. On an average, 15 trains use this bridge.
5. Nehru Setu
Nehru Setu is the fifth largest bridge in India. It was earlier known as the ‘Upper Son Bridge’. The bridge was built on son river in Dehri-Son Nagar. The length of the bridge is 3064 m (10052 ft), which was opened on 27th February, 1900 for public. It is the second longest rail bridge in India after the Vembanad Rail Bridge.
Article last re-published on August 3, 2015.