In Dwarka, Gujarat, Prime Minister Modi opens the Sudarshan Setu, the longest cable-stayed bridge in India

Sudarshan Setu, the longest cable-stayed bridge in India, was officially opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday in the Devbhumi Dwarka area of Gujarat.

Prime Minister Modi officially opened the 4.77-kilometer-long Sudarshan Setu, popularly known as Signature Bridge, to the public on the second day of his tour to Gujarat. It was built for Rs 978 crore and links Bet Dwarka island in the Gulf of Kutch with Okha town in the Devbhumi Dwarka district.

PM Modi waved to ferry boat operators and fisherman as he strolled along the sealink after doing puja at the Dwarkadhishji Mukhya Mandir.

Late on Saturday night, Modi arrived in Jamnagar city and conducted a road show. On Sunday morning, PM Modi took a plane to Bet Dwarka, which is around 160 miles from Jamnagar, after spending the night in the Jamnagar Circuit House. Modi prayed at the Shree Dwarkadhishji Mukhya Mandir, a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna on Bet Dwarka island, after arriving on the island, which is a part of the municipality of Okha. Senior ministers from the Gujarati government accompanied Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel.

The national highway division of the Gujarat Department of Roads and Buildings is building the first sealink in the state. The Center provided funding for the bridge’s construction as part of National Highway 51.

The longest cable-stayed portion in India, spanning 900 meters (0.90 km), is part of the 2.32 km (2,320 meters) long bridge section of the 4.77 km long sealink. The 32 piers that support the 2.32 km long superstructure of the bridge include two towers that rise 18 meters above the water.

Fishing boats and other vessels will be able to navigate thanks to the cable-stayed structure. The Sudarshan Setu cable-stayed segment is longer than the Mumbai Bandra-Worli Sea Link cable-stayed section. The approaches to Sudarshan Setu are 1.21 km (1,215 m) on the Bet Dwarka side and 1.23 km (1,237 m) on the Okha side.

The closest location in mainland Gujarat is Okha town, which is three kilometers away from Bet Dwarka. There are around 10,000 people living there, and it is a part of the Okha municipality. Until until, ferry boats were the sole mode of transportation available between the island and the mainland. In October 2017, Modi placed the foundation stone for this bridge, and work on it began in 2018. On February 14 of this year, construction on the bridge was finished.

Following the bridge’s opening, PM Modi took a plane to Dwarka, a about 30-kilometer-distance temple town. The town was the scene of a roadshow organized by Modi that ended at Jagat Mandir, the well-known Lord Krishna temple, also called Dwarkadhish Mandir. At the temple, Modi prayed till the wee hours of the morning. Following the puja at Dwarkadhish Mandir, Modi is expected to speak at a Dwarka public gathering at 1:00 PM.

PM Modi is scheduled to go to Rajkot in the afternoon to officially open the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) permanent campus. Modi will hold a public meeting at the Race Course Ground in Rajkot after opening the AIIMS Rajkot campus in Para Pipaliya village on the outskirts of the city. From there, he will also open the AIIMS campuses in Bathinda, Punjab; Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh; Kalyani, West Bengal; and Mangalagiri, Andhra Pradesh. The PM will officially launch or lay the cornerstone for a total of projects worth Rs 48,000 crore that are based in Rajkot.

It is also possible that PM Modi would spend the night in Rajkot on Sunday, even if his Monday schedule is yet unknown.

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