Prime Minister Narendra Modi has officially opened India’s longest cable-stayed bridge, the ‘Sudarshan Setu’, linking Okha with Beyt Dwarka island in Gujarat.

Constructed at a cost of ₹ 979 crore, the 2.3 km-long bridge was initiated with the laying of its foundation stone by PM Modi in October 2017, who envisioned it as a vital link between the historic and modern facets of Dwarka.

Spanning four lanes with a width of 27.20 meters, the bridge also features expansive 2.50-meter-wide footpaths on either side, facilitating pedestrian traffic. Notably, the Sudarshan Setu stands out for its distinctive design, adorned with verses from the Bhagavad Gita and depictions of Lord Krishna, adding a cultural touch to its architectural grandeur.

Formerly known as the ‘Signature Bridge’, its renaming to ‘Sudarshan Setu’ reflects its significance and connection to the region’s heritage. Beyt Dwarka, located approximately 30 km from Dwarka town, is home to the revered Dwarkadhish temple dedicated to Lord Krishna.

In a message shared on X (formerly Twitter), PM Modi expresses his delight in inaugurating the Sudarshan Setu, emphasising its role in bridging communities and fostering development. Before the inauguration, the Prime Minister paid homage at the Dwarkadhish temple, highlighting the cultural and spiritual essence of the region.

Following the bridge’s inauguration, PM Modi is set to inaugurate Gujarat’s inaugural All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Rajkot. Additionally, through virtual means, he will inaugurate four other AIIMS facilities located in Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal. These state-of-the-art medical institutions, collectively costing ₹ 6,300 crore, underscore the government’s commitment to advancing healthcare infrastructure across the nation.

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