Pioneer of Low-Cost Sustainable Bridges In Remote Areas Gets Padmashri

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Girish Bhardwaj of suspension bridge fame (Social Work) has been awarded Padma Shri, the man who built bridges into people’s heart by providing rural connectivity through his suspension foot bridges. Girish Bharadwaj (66) is known for building suspension bridges that connect isolated villages. He has constructed 127 hanging bridges so far, including in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The 128th bridge is being constructed at Sunkasala on Ankola-Yellapur Road. He has built eco-friendly suspension bridges connecting remote villages at 1/10th the cost of conventional steel bridges. Looking at his work, Army personnel have sought his assistance for constructing a bridge at Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir.