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PM Narendra Modi Inaugurates India’s Longest Cable-Stayed Bridge, Sudarshan Setu

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s longest cable-stayed bridge, Sudarshan Setu, in Gujarat’s Dwarka. This monumental infrastructure project, connecting Okha and Beyt Dwarka island, stands as a testament to the nation’s commitment to progress and connectivity. Let’s delve into the details of this remarkable feat:

Sudarshan Setu Project Overview

  • Sudarshan Setu, formerly known as the Signature Bridge, has been constructed at a cost of ₹979 crore.
  • Spanning an impressive 2.32 km, it is India’s longest cable-stayed bridge, serving as a vital link between the Okha mainland and Beyt Dwarka island.
  • Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation stone of this project in October 2017, envisioning it as a crucial connection between the old and new Dwarka.

Sudarshan Setu, Key Features

  • The bridge boasts a total width of 27.2 meters (89 ft) with four lanes, ensuring smooth traffic flow between the mainland and the island.
  • Adorned with verses from the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita and images of Lord Krishna, the footpaths on both sides of the bridge offer a unique cultural touch, reflecting the rich heritage of Dwarka.
  • Notably, solar panels installed on the footpath sides can generate one megawatt of electricity, showcasing a commitment to sustainable infrastructure.

Impact and Significance of Sudarshan Setu

  • Sudarshan Setu is poised to revolutionize connectivity in the region, significantly reducing travel time for devotees and tourists.
  • With an estimated two million pilgrims visiting the temples in the area, the bridge addresses transportation challenges previously faced by pilgrims who relied on boats, limited to daytime travel.
  • Beyond mere connectivity, Sudarshan Setu is expected to emerge as a major tourist attraction in Dwarka, further bolstering the region’s economy and tourism sector.

Empowering Communities of Sudarshan Setu

The inauguration of Sudarshan Setu isn’t just about infrastructure; it’s about empowering communities. The bridge aims to benefit approximately 8,500 residents on Beyt Dwarka island, facilitating easier access to essential services and opportunities.

Vision for the Future Sudarshan Setu

Sudarshan Setu exemplifies India’s vision for inclusive development and progress. As the nation strides towards becoming a global powerhouse, infrastructure projects like these play a pivotal role in fostering economic growth, connectivity, and cultural preservation.

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