PM Modi inaugurates Sudarshan Setu, India's longest cable-stayed bridge

The sudarshan Setu, a four-lane cable-stayed bridge that connects Okha to the Gujarati island of Beyt Dwarka, was officially opened by prime minister Modi on Sunday. An official statement from the Devbhumi Dwarka government states that the bridge is 2.32 kilometres long and has a central 900-meter double-span cable-stayed section as well as a 2.45-kilometer approach road. The bridge, which cost Rs 979 crore to build, is 27.20 metres wide and has 2.50-meter-wide walkways on both sides.

Formerly known as the "Signature Bridge," district Magistrate (DM) GT Pandya informed news agency PTI that the building is now known as "Sudarshan Setu," or sudarshan Bridge. The holy dwarkadhish temple of Lord krishna is situated at Beyt Dwarka, next to Okha port, around thirty miles from Dwarka town. At the moment, pilgrims visiting the Beyt Dwarka shrine are limited to boat rides during the day. But after the bridge is finished, organisers hope that the shrine will be accessible 24/7.

PM Modi will not only open the bridge but also travel to Dwarka town, where he will pray at the dwarkadhish temple and speak to a sizable crowd in the vicinity. The prime minister is expected to lay the groundwork for a number of projects in the districts of Jamnagar, Devbhumi Dwarka, and Porbandar after the ceremony. These projects include the electrification of a 533-kilometer railway line and the opening of two offshore pipelines operated by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas at Vadinar.

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