The birthday of civil engineer and Bharat Ratna laureate Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya is celebrated as Engineer’s Day in India on September 15. The day is celebrated to honor Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya and highlight his contribution to the field of engineering. On this Engineer’s Day, let’s look at some of the most magnificent engineering marvels in India.
In recent years, India has witnessed many architectural and technological advancements. Thanks to the hands and minds responsible for progress, the country now abounds with marvels of engineering as well as the historical monuments and forts it once possessed. Take a look at some of the recent engineering marvels.
1. Sea link Bandra-Worli
The Bandra–Worli sea link connects Bandra in the western suburbs of Mumbai with Worli in the south. The construction of the bridge was carried out by a major infrastructure company Hindustan Construction Company (HCC). It was designed in the 1990s and opened to the public in July 2009. The eight-lane bridge became fully operational in March 2010.
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2. Atal Tunnel
The Atal tunnel is the longest road tunnel in the world above 10,000 feet which connects Manali to the Lahaul-Spiti valley. Measuring 9.02 km, the tunnel is located under the Rohtang Pass and was built on the Manali – Leh highway. It was built by the Border Roads Organization (BRO) and was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October 2020.
3. Statue of Unity
The Statue of Unity is the tallest statue in the world which rises to 182 meters. It is almost twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in the United States and depicts India’s First Deputy Prime Minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The Unity Statue was designed by Padma Bhushan Award-winning sculptor Ram V Sutar. Its construction was carried out by Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd. and Larsen and Toubro. The bronze coating of the statue was made by a Chinese foundry named Jiangxi Toqine Company.
4. Pamban Bridge, Tamil Nadu
The Pamban Bridge is India’s first sea bridge that connects Rameswaram Island to the mainland. With a length of 2 km, it was put into service in 1914 and is now over 100 years old. The central part of the Pamban Bridge was designed by the German engineer Scherzer while the construction of the bridge was undertaken by the British.
5. Signature Bridge
The Delhi Signature Bridge is located over the Yamuna River and connects Wazirabad to the city center. It is the first asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge to be built in the country. The Signature Bridge was constructed by the Delhi Tourism And Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) and was inaugurated in 2018 by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Let’s not forget the wonders created by Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya himself. We owe him the invention of the blocking system or automated doors that close water overflows. Sir MV also designed and patented the valves.
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