India’s longest 21.8-kilometer long bridge is ready at a cost of Rs 20 crore. Normally it takes 1 hour 45 minutes from Mumbai to New Mumbai. Now that will be covered in just 20 minutes. 16.5 km portion of the bridge is in the middle of the sea and the remaining portion is on the seashore. This bridge will save a lot of time and gasoline. This bridge has been named Atal Setu after Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, on January 12.
A total of steel weighing as much as 17 Eiffel Towers has been used to build this bridge. Through this bridge, a very old dream of the people living in Mumbai is being fulfilled.
- Transparent noise barriers have been installed on the bridge to address safety issues during travel on the bridge.
- Additionally, visual barriers have also been installed at some key security points in Mumbai to maintain the privacy of associates.
- The bridge has a lifespan of 100 years, and provides a safe and sustainable means of transportation.
- New technologies like high-grade orthotropic steel deck have been used in the bridge.
- This bridge is safe from earthquakes and cyclones and engineering techniques have played a big role in this.
Technical Challenges and Solutions:
- It has the advice of experts from 10 different countries and special cooperation from Japan.
- Keeping in mind the high noise requirement on the bridge, eyewall sound barriers have been installed on the bridge.
Economic and commercial importance:
- The toll for cars on the bridge is Rs 250 and it provides an economical option to the passengers while saving time and petrol.
- Through this, Mumbai Port will be connected to Jawahar New Port. It will now be used by trucks transporting goods from one port to another.
- It connects Mumbai with its surrounding areas and has aroused new support among the countrymen as a powerful infrastructure project.