EIGHT months after a crane was brought down on a bridge in the Indian city of Kolkata, construction is scheduled to begin on a mammoth new construction project that will span nearly a mile across the city’s famed Tawangalipura Bridge.
The $9.6 billion project will span the entire length of the iconic Tawampuripura bridge, the world’s longest, and also house a hotel, a shopping mall and a sports stadium, the Times of Indian reported on Tuesday.
The bridge, a 1,600-year-old structure that spans the Tawangsaripura river and is the country’s longest bridge, was inaugurated in January 2019 and has a capacity of more than 300,000 people.
The span is expected to open in 2020, the publication reported.
The first phase of the project will be built on the banks of the Tumbakalipur River and will be extended by at least one kilometre to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists, according to the Times.
The span is slated to open by 2021, and construction is expected at a cost of $4.4 billion, the report said.
It also said the span will also be used for public transport.
The report said that construction will be carried out on the bridge with the assistance of the city government, which has been working on it since April 2019.
The report said the city was set to start construction in 2019.
The Kolkatans are in the midst of a construction boom.
Over 200 million tonnes of construction materials are expected to be used during the span’s construction, and a new high-speed rail line is also planned to be built.