When someone tries to find this mesmerizing bridge on the internet, they usually end up on a page that explains the concept of the ‘Bailey Bridge’ instead of giving information of this beautiful work of art knows as ‘Baily Bridge.’
Wondering why we have chosen this bridge in particular for today’s blog?
The craftsmen of this wonderful bridge are none other than our soldiers from the Indian Army!
Now let’s see what we all can and should know about one of the most beautifully constructed bridges in the world!
The Baily Bridge, we can claim proudly, is the bridge at the highest elevation in the world. This bridge is located in the Himalayan Mountains along the Dras River and Suru River. It is present in the Ladakh Valley in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is 30 meters (98 feet) long and is at an altitude of 5,602 meters (18,379 feet) above the mean sea level.
Ironically, it is a bailey bridge. It was built in 1982 by the Indian Army.
A Bailey bridge is a portable pre-fabricated truss bridge, designed for use by military engineering units to bridge up to 60 m (200 feet) gaps. It requires no special tools or heavy equipment for construction, the bridge elements are small enough to be carried in trucks, and the bridge is strong enough to carry tanks.
In fact, its designer, Donald Bailey, worked for the British War Office during the Second World War when he proposed the design, the first of which was used in the North Africa campaign in 1942.
They are a bit noisy when you drive over them but they are very stable. There isn’t much traffic here as it’s almost at the end of a valley. Cars, trucks and even tanks can easily pass through them.
But that’s not all, our army will be building one such ‘Bailey bridge’ once again in Kerala!
As the renovation of the recently damaged Enathu bridge would take time, the government of India has sought the support of Army to construct a Bailey bridge parallel to the existing bridge to ease the hardships of commuters. A team of army officials inspected the site recently and suggested necessary measures.
What’s amazing is that the Indian Army is expected to construct the bridge within a month!
So what are you waiting for? Travel to Kerala to see this amazing sight or to Ladakh and see the highest bridge in the world built by our very own warriors!