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Bridges: The Spectacular Feat of Indian Engineering

Promoters of railways in India faced a major challenge in crossing the wide rivers,
which changed their course dramatically with seasons. The climatic conditions vary considerably and so does the flow through the rivers.The volume of water register seasonal variations of magnitude unknown in other parts of the world. The varying character of the river-bed soil further aggravates the problem. Most rivers pass through alluvial soil devoid of rocks. To quote Charles Greaves, one of the early engineers visiting India in 1852: "The whole of the Bengal plain is nothing but a sea of mud, there is hardly a stone as big as coconut or a hill as high as a house.It is wonder having regard to the softness or looseness of the soil that Calcutta remained where it was."

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