Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a plaque to dedicate to nation the cable-stayed (extradosed) bridge which is the longest (1.3 km) in country.The bridge is expected to ease traffic on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai National Highway.
The state unit Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki said then UPA government had awarded the contract for construction of the bridge to L&T in December 2013.
“The foundation stone for the bridge was laid by then Union Minister CP Joshi and former state revenue minister Anandiben Patel on May 1, 2012,” he claimed.
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 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