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India’s longest cable-stayed bridge opens to traffic

India’s longest cable-stayed bridge
The Sudarshan Setu – the Signature Bridge – was first approved in 2016 (Government of India)

India’s longest cable-stayed bridge was inaugurated by prime minister Narendra Modi yesterday.

The Signature Bridge runs for 4,772m between mainland Gujarat and Bet Dwarka island in the Gulf of Kutch. It carries four lanes of traffic.

According to the Indian Express, the span includes a 900m cable-stayed section in the centre.

Bet Dwarka covers 36 sq km and is Gujarat’s second-largest island. Its population is only about 15,000, but it is an important pilgrimage site.

Before the bridge, visitors had to get there by ferry.

Besides its 27m-wide carriageway, the bridge has walkways on either side. Its pillars are decorated with verses of Bhagavad Gita and images of the god Krishna. Solar panels form the roof of these walkways.

The bridge forms part of National Highway 51, which runs along the sea coast of Saurashtra.

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