Ahmedabad, Mar 7: After the end of the campaigning in Varanasi on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi headed to Gujarat for a two-day visit today. In the first day of the visit, PM Modi inaugurated the 1.4 extra dose cable bridge on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai National Highway. The former Gujarat Chief Minister tweeted about the inauguration on Monday stating that “Will dedicate to the nation a Four-Lane Extradosed Bridge over the Narmada at Bharuch on NH-8 and Petrochemicals Complex of OPAL at Dahej.” The 1.4 km bridge of Bharuch is been reported to be the longest in the country.

Here’s all you need to know about the Bharuch bridge

  • The 1344 metres long and 22.8 metres wide bridge project was completed in the time span of two years. The project was supposed to be ready by August 2016 but the project was slightly delayed and it was completed by September 2016.
  •  The project was built by Larsen and Turbo and it took Rs 379 crore to complete the project of the National Highway Authority of India.
  • Primarily, the project was handed over to HCC which began the project in 2014 but later due to the issues within the company, the project was then handed to Larsen and Turbo.
  • The bridge has 25 to 40 meter long cables. The bridge consists a total of 216 such cables.
  • The Bharuch bridge has 17.4-metre wide 4-lane road and the footpath on the bridge is 3 metres long. The lighting in the bridge has more than 400 LED lights spread over 1.344 km long.
  • The Bharuch bridge is been reported to help in reducing the heavy traffic from NH8 Bharuch. NH8 is considered to be one of the busiest national highways in the country.
  • The bridge on river Narmada is reported to be the longest in the country and the bridge is 521 metres longer than Vidyasagar Setu of Kolkata.

Prime Minister also tweeted pictures of the Bharuch bridge.

In the two-day visit to the state, PM Modi will also visit Somnath temple and attend a meeting with the Trust of the temple. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani will also host a dinner for PM Modi and in the meeting, all the MPs and state ministers are expected to remain present.