Sundarighat, Kathmandu

 

Location

            N 27°40’28.15”

            E 85°17’35.73”

 

Span   91.4m (300 feet)

Width 1.2m (4 feet)

Designed by Louis Harper (1868-1940)

Manufactured by Harpers Limited, Craiginches Ironworks, Aberdeen

Built 1901-03, Nepal Military

 

Evidence that this is a Harper bridge: Definite

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This is the longest bridge in Nepal, spanning the R. Batgami just south of the ring road passing between Kathmandu and Patan.  It is thought that it was built in the early years of the century but a bridge of these dimensions does not feature in the letter of Brigadier Kumar Nursingh Rana to Louis Harper in 1900, so it might have been sent out later.  It bears the nameplate ‘Louis Harper, AMICE, Aberdeen’.

 

This bridge carries two 8” water mains from Kirtipur to Patan.  It was noted in our visit in 2019 that the upstream deck cable was loose and the long term future of the bridge may be in doubt as a concrete road bridge is being built nearby.

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