Not many people are aware of the remarkable Veluwemeer aqueduct bridge in the Netherlands, considered to be one of the engineering marvels of the modern era. Its unique construction has garnered widespread admiration, with many expressing a desire for similar bridges in their own countries. Anand Mahindra, the Chairperson of Mahindra, is also captivated by this modern engineering marvel and has expressed his wish to see such bridges in India to Nitin Gadkari, the Minister of Road Transport and Highways.
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) June 12, 2023
In a recent tweet, Anand Mahindra shared his joy and fascination upon seeing the Veluwemeer aqueduct bridge in the Netherlands. He also reached out to Nitin Gadkari, expressing his desire to witness the creation of similar bridges in India. The original tweet from “Engineering Insider,” retweeted by Anand Mahindra, has caught the attention of numerous netizens.
While many have responded with amusement, some have raised concerns about the existing infrastructure issues in the country. A few even question the necessity of such bridges in India. Nonetheless, the majority praise the unique design of these bridges and express their wish to see them implemented in India.
Aqueducts in the Netherlands
For those unfamiliar, the Veluwemeer aqueduct bridge in the Netherlands is a distinctive structure that carries a canal over a large lake while accommodating a motorway beneath it. Named after the Veluwemeer Lake in the Netherlands, where it is located, this bridge connects the provinces of Flevoland and Gelderland. The road is elevated above the waterline using artificial barriers and pillars. This bridge offers a unique solution for enabling the simultaneous flow of vehicular and waterborne traffic. Approximately 28,000 vehicles traverse these bridges daily.
Under Nitin Gadkari’s leadership, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has successfully executed numerous awe-inspiring expressways and highways, including the recent Delhi-Mumbai expressway. While progress has been made in inter-city expressways, the potential for constructing Veluwemeer aqueduct bridges exists in coastal regions. Such bridges could connect coastal towns separated by rivers and canals.
This is not the first time Anand Mahindra has made a unique infrastructure request to Nitin Gadkari on Twitter. Last year, Mahindra expressed his desire to see trunnels on Indian highways, which essentially consist of a series of trees on either side of the highway, creating an impression of a tunnel.