Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the highest bridge in India named after the “Lion of Ladakh” Col Chewang Rinchen.
Col Chewang Rinchen Bridge stands at 14,650 feet across the Shyok river. It is located in the Sub-Sector North
Col Chewang Rinchen Bridge is located at 45km from India’s border from China.
Col Chewang Rinchen Bridge connects Leh’s Darbuk with Daulat Beg Oldi. The bridge is said to reduce the travel time by half-an-hour.
Col Chewang Rinchen Bridge is an all-weather permanent bridge. Some bridges in the Ladakh, Siachen regions become inaccessible in winter.
Col Chewang Rinchen Bridge has been built in a span of 15 months.
Col Chewang Rinchen Bridge super-structure is called “Extra Wide Bailey Bridge”. The micro piling technique has been used in the construction of the bridge. The technique is used in India for the first time.
Col Chewang Rinchen also called as 'Lion of Ladakh' is a recipient of Maha Vir Chakra twice.
In 1948, the Pakistan tribal raiders had captured Kargil and set their eyes in Leh. The region was defended by Lt Col Prithi Singh with just 33 men under him.
Col Chewang Rinchen was awarded Maha Vir Chakra again in 1971 for his heroic act in freeing nine enemy points located in Ladakh’s Partapur sector.