Indian PM Narendra Modi inaugurates country’s longest cable-stayed bridge named ‘Sudarshan Setu’ in Gujarat

Sudarshan Setu connects Okha mainland and Beyt Dwarka island
Indian PM Narendra Modi dedicates to the nation, Sudarshan Setu connecting Okha mainland and Beyt Dwarka island, in Gujarat on February 25, 2024. Photo Courtesy: PIB

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated India’s longest cable-stayed bridge called the ‘Sudarshan Setu’ in Gujarat’s Dwarka.

The bridge connects Okha and Beyt Dwarka island, and has been constructed at the cost of Rs. 979 crore.

PM Modi had laid the foundation stone of the 2.3 km-long bridge in October 2017, stating that it will serve as a link between old and new Dwarka.

“The four-lane 27.20 metre wide bridge has 2.50 metre wide footpaths on each side,” an official release said.

Some interesting facts about Sudarshan Setu

Sudarshan Setu boasts a unique design, featuring a footpath adorned with verses from the Bhagavad Gita and images of Lord Krishna on both sides.

The bridge, which was known as ‘Signature Bridge’, has been renamed as ‘Sudarshan Setu’ or Sudarshan Bridge.

Beyt Dwarka is an island near Okha port, which is nearly 30 km from Dwarka town, where the famous Dwarkadhish temple of Lord Krishna is situated.

PM visits Dwarkadhish temple

Ahead of inaugurating the bridge, PM Modi offered prayers at Dwarkadhish temple.

The Prime Minister this afternoon will also inaugurate Gujarat’s first All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Rajkot.

Besides the Rajkot AIIMS, the Prime Minister will also virtually inaugurate four newly-built AIIMS in Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.