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The highest bridge in India inaugurated

The highest bridge in India inaugurated

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the highest bridge in India. This bridge was named after the “Lion of Ladakh” Col Chewang Rinchen, which stands at 14,650 feet across the Shyok river.

Key Points:

  • It is located at 45km from India’s border from China.
  • This bridge connects Leh’s Darbuka with Daulat Beg Oldi. 
  • It is said that the bridge will reduce the travel time by half-an-hour.
  • The bridge is an all-weather permanent bridge. Some bridges in the Ladakh, Siachen regions become inaccessible in winter.
  • The superstructure of the bridge is called “Extra Wide Bailey Bridge”.

About Colonel Chewang Rinchen:

Colonel Chewang Rinchen popularly known as The Lion of Ladakh (1931 – 1997) was a high-grade officer in the Indian Army. He was from the Ladakh region of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. He has won the Maha Vir Chakra (MVC), the second-highest Indian gallantry decoration. He was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra in 1952 for his bravery and again in 1971 for his heroic act in freeing nine enemy points located in Ladakh’s Partapur sector.

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