DRDO develops first low-cost bridge for civilian use

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DRDO-RDThe Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has designed a low-cost bridge which can be used by civilians to cross small streams and rivulets. The technology will be especially useful to people in Uttarakhand. According to a rough estimate, nearly 500 small bridges were washed away by the floods last year in the state.

Rajagopala Chidambaram, the Principal Scientific Adviser to the government, recently inaugurated the first low-cost bridge developed by the DRDO on the river Asan at Shuklapur village here.

DRDO scientists said they were ready to offer the technology of the low-cost bridge to the non-government organisations (NGOs) and corporates free under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme.

Costing Rs 6.5 lakh, the 13.5-metre prefabricated steel bridge can be put into use within two hours.

It is basically a modular bridge which can be taken anywhere in mountainous areas. Its man-portable launching system allows the bridge to be constructed from the near-bank without any access to the far-bank.

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