Believed to be working on quite a few mega-projects for revolutionizing its cities, China has just unveiled that they are all set to open a huge sea bridge. And it’s not just any sea bridge, as the Chinese are claiming it to be the longest sea bridge in the world.
The sea bridge will connect Hong Kong, Macau and South Chinese city Zhuhai. The world’s longest sea bridge will stretch over 34 miles and will be called ‘Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge’.
It is expected that the bridge will reduce the travel time between these three places to half. This means that travelers will be able to commute from Macau to Hong Kong, across Pearl River Estuary in about one hour.
The bridge will have six lanes and four tunnels. One of these four tunnels will be under water. In order to support the entire structure, China built four artificial islands.
Hailed as an “Engineering Wonder”, the construction of the bridge involved the use of 4,20,000 tons of steel! This quantity of steel is sufficient to build as many as 60 Eiffel Towers!
The bridge is expected to be used by about 40,000 vehicles every day. The bridge is exclusive for cars and shuttle buses only. Its use is not allowed for pedestrians or bikers.
According to officials, the bridge will have a life of about 120 years. As of now, the exact cost of the entire project is not known precisely but is estimated to be around USD 15 billion.
The ambitious project has also been embroiled in a few controversies for its heavy pricing, delays in construction, alleged corruption and concerns over workers’ safety. However, the Highways Department of the country has asserted that there are no safety concerns and hence, the bridge is expected to be operational soon.
It is high time India also takes some inspiration from its neighbor and starts planning about some mega infrastructure projects like this one. Let’s be honest. India has only a moderate level of transportation available. Moreover, the quality and condition of these transports, particularly roads are far below satisfactory. Apart from working on maintenance and upgradation of the existing roads, highways, expressways, India must think about coming up with some state of the art roads and bridges like the one China has constructed!