A first of its glass floor bridge in India, a suspension bridge is to come up in Lakshman Jhula across River Ganga in Uttarakhand. The Uttarakhand government has given the final nod to build the glass bridge across the river replacing the one that was built in 1923.
The new bridge will have a glass floor on both sides and an asphalt road in the middle. The toughened, transparent glass gives the pedestrians walking experience of crossing the waters.
The total width of the glass bridge is eight metres and length 132.2 metres. The glass floor is to have a width of five metre on both sides and the road will have a width of 2.5 metre. The thickness of the toughened glass is 3.5 inches.
The finalised design will be sent to IIT Mumbai for its approval. The officials were quoted as saying that efforts were on to complete the project before Kumbh 2021. No chance would be taken on the safety aspect. The aim of the project is to build a bridge that lasts about 150 years. Each pillar of the bridge will be 30 metres deep, the officials said.
The glass bridge built-in line with China’s Hangzhou province glass bridge can accommodate 40 visitors at a time.