The 10 Longest Bridges in India built Above Water

The 10 Longest Bridges in India built Above Water

  • If you look at the 10 longest bridges in India constructed above water, Bihar has four of them. Andhra Pradesh comes next with two.
  • However, if you consider all the bridges in the country constructed above water and measuring over 500 metres, there are about 43 of them.
  • Of these, Uttar Pradesh has the maximum number of such bridges – seven.
  • Bihar, on the other hand, comes second with six.
  • Let’s look at the longest bridges in India and the states where they belong.

The 10 Longest Bridges in India built Above Water

The 10 Longest Bridges in India built Above Water

1-Bandra-Worli Sea Link

  • Rank: 1
  • Spanning over: Mahim Bay
  • Length: 5,600 metres
  • Completed in the year: 2009
  • Traffic: Road
  • State: Maharashtra
  • City: Mumbai
  • It took 10 years to build the bridge and about $325 million. It is developed to ease the notorious traffic jam of Mumbai and connects western suburbs (Bandra) to South Mumbai (Worli).

2-Mahatma Gandhi Setu

  • Spanning over: Ganges
  • Length: 5,575 metres
  • Completed in the year: 1982
  • Traffic: Road
  • State: Bihar
  • City: Patna

It used to be the longest river bridge before Bandra-Worli Sea Link was inaugurated. Constructed in 1982, the bridge connects Patna in the south to Hajipur in the north of Bihar. It is part of the National Highway 19.

Before the bridge was constructed, people used to take small boats to travel from one side of the river bank to the other.

3-Vikramshila Setu

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  • Spanning over: Ganges
  • Length: 4,700 metres
  • Completed in the year: 2001
  • Traffic: Road
  • State: Bihar
  • City: Bhagalpur

Part of the National Highway, the bridge connects Bhagalpur (south) to Naugachia (north) and serves as a link between NH80 and NH31.

4-Vembanad Rail Bridge

  • Spanning over: Vembanad Lake
  • Length: 4,620 metres
  • Completed in the year: 2011
  • Traffic: Rail
  • State: Kerala
  • City: Kochi

The longest rail bridge in India connects Edappally and Vallarpadam. However, passenger trains do not ply on this bridge as it is dedicated solely for freight.

5-Nehru Setu

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  • Spanning over: Son River
  • Length: 3,064 metres
  • Completed in the year: 1900
  • Traffic: Rail
  • State: Bihar
  • City: Son Nagar

Earlier called as Upper Son Bridge, it connects Dehri-on-Son and Son Nagar. When it was built in 1900, it was believed to be the second longest bridge in the world.

6-Jawahar Setu

  • Spanning over: Son River
  • Length: 3,061 metres
  • Completed in the year: 1965
  • Traffic: Road
  • State: Bihar
  • City: Son Nagar

Parallel to Nehru Setu over Son River is Jawahar Setu bridge. It connects the same two areas – Dehri-on-Son and Son Nagar.

It was part of the Grant Trunk Road, which is South Asia’s oldest and longest major roads that connected Bangladesh and Pakistan.

7-Kolia Bhomora Setu

  • Spanning over: Brahmaputra River
  • Length: 3,015 metres
  • Completed in the year: 1987
  • Traffic: Road
  • State: Assam
  • City: Tezpur

It took six years to construct the bridge that connects Sonitpur on the north bank with Nagaon District on the south bank.

8-Korthi-Kolhar Bridge

  • Spanning over: Krishna River
  • Length: 3,000 metres
  • Completed in the year: 2006
  • Traffic: Road
  • State: Karnataka
  • City: Bijapur

The bridge, which is part of the NH – 218,connects Bijapur and Hubli. It is the longest bridge in South India for vehicular traffic.

9-Godavari Bridge

  • Spanning over: Godavari River
  • Length: 2,754 metres
  • Completed in the year: 1970
  • Traffic: Rail-cum-road
  • State: Andhra Pradesh
  • City: Rajahmundry

Asia’s second largest rail-cum-road bridge, it links east and west Godavari districts. The bridge was mainly constructed for trains running between Chennai and Howrah . The bridge has a road deck over the single-track rail deck. It is also known as Kovvur-Rajahmundry Bridge.

It is one among the three bridges running over Godavari in Rajahmundry. The other two include Old Godavari Bridge (also called as Havelock Bridge), which was decommissioned, and the newer Godavari Arch Bridge.

10-Old Godavari Bridge (Decommissioned)

  • Spanning over: Godavari River
  • Length: 2,754 metres
  • Completed in the year: 1900
  • Traffic: Rail
  • State: Andhra Pradesh
  • City: Rajahmundry

Now decommissioned, Old Godavari Bridge was constructed to as part of network that would connect Howrah and Chennai by train.

It is one of the oldest bridges in the country which took three years to complete and was opened for traffic in 1900.

The Bridge was named after Sir Arthur Elibank Havelock, the then Governor of Madras.