Col. Chewang Rinchen Setu inaugurated in Ladakh
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated Col. Chewang Rinchen Setu (Bridge) in Ladakh. It is named in honor of Colonel Chewang Rinchan who was one of the highly decorated officers in Indian Army from Ladakh. He was also a Maha Vir Chakara awardee (1952).
About Col. Chewang Rinchen Setu
The bridge has been constructed at an altitude of 14,650 feet in forward area of Ladakh region. It has been built on strategically important road Durbuk Shyok Daulat Beg Oldie in sub sector north in eastern Ladakh. It is 45 km east of Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.
The bridge is 4.5 metres wide and can accommodate vehicles of 70 tonnes class. It will also reduce travel time by about half and help in development of border areas and villages across Shyok River.
The Bridge has been built by Border Roads Organisation (BRO). During the foundation of the bridge, the BRO used the micro pile technology to overcome the technological challenges in this remote area of Ladakh.
The construction of the Bridge was completed within 15 working months using 6900 cubic meters of concrete and 1984 metric tons of steel.
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