Manohar Parrikar, Defence Minister of India inaugurated first cable-stayed bridge of north India in Basohli, Jammu and Kashmir. This bridge is named ‘Atal Setu’, which is strategically important for national defense to provide an easy access to various parts of Jammu and Kashmir for army. It is build on river Ravi and is situated on Dunera-Basohli-Bhadharwah road in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir. This bridge open easy connectivity to three major states of India namely Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. It is said that this bridge will also promote tourism in these states and will improve various other elements that enhance beauty of life here.
This is the fourth cable-stayed bridge in India and other there are Naini bridge in Allahabad, Hooghly bridge in Kolkata and Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link in Mumbai. The project of this bridge was a joint venture between SP Singla Construction group and Indian Railway Construction Company Limited (IRCON) and was constructed by Border Roads Organization (BRO) for Rs. 145 Crore. It is 592-meter span bridge whose 350-meter is cable stayed. The construction was started in September 2011 and was completed this year.