01 January, 2016
Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari today laid foundation stone for the Rs 2,700 crore cable-stayed parallel bridge on Zuari river, 15 kms off here.
The new bridge on Zuari, one of the major rivers flowing through the coastal state, was required after the old structure was considered unfit to carry heavy vehicles.
Union Ministers Manohar Parrikar and Shripad Naik, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and others were present on the occasion.
02 January, 2019
While a four-lane section of the new eight-lane Zuari bridge is going to open for use by December 2019, the other four-lane section will be ready for use only in 2021 or 2022, public works department minister Ramkrishna Dhavalikar said on Tuesday.
Just four months ago, Dhavalikar had announced that the new Zuari bridge would be opened for use ahead of its schedule of 2021.
Zuari cable stayed bridge is a high demand project as the existing bridge in Zuari River connecting Panjim and Mangalore does not cater to heavy vehicle movements due to its poor condition.
Construction of the Zuari cable stayed bridge includes building a bridge across the river Zuari on NH-17/ NH 66 on Panjim – Mangalore section in the State of Goa. The Zuari cable stayed bridge is 640m long with central navigational span of 360m and end span on both sides of 140m. This makes the bridge the 2nd longest and widest cable stay bridge in India. A tourist observatory and restaurant at the 110m high tower is planned on the bridge.
Zuari cable stayed bridge has 8 (4+4) lanes with 27m wide dual carriageways and a centre median of 10.7m. Bridge deck is of composite structure (steel structure and concrete) with a temporary steel walkway connecting both sides of embankments and pylon foundation locations for construction logistics. The bridge deck is fabricated at site using high tech robotic welding equipment. It is transported by barge into the river, where it is lifted and erected by lifting frames.
DBL has joined hands with a Ukraine based company, Mostobudivelnyi Zahin Limited (MBZ) with a 74% and 26% stake respectively, to construct the cable stay bridge. MBZ has experience in construction of bridges including suspension bridge of 840 metres with a central span of 520 metres and is the technical partner to Dilip Buildcon Limited for this project. MBZ’s involvement is to support in design, technical matters and execution.
Equipment used for this bridge includes 55 x 15 m Dumb Barge, 12 x 8 m Dumb Barge, 25 x 10 m Dumb Barge, 60 x 13 m Dumb Barge, MAIT Piling Rigs, Tower Cranes, and Robotic Welding System Equipment.