Gadkari inaugurates cable-stayed bridge over Mandovi river

Gadkari inaugurates cable-stayed bridge over Mandovi river

In order to strengthen India’s infrastructure and boost logistics and transport sector, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday inaugurated a 5.1-kilometre long cable-stayed bridge across the Mandovi River.

The bridge has been named Atal Setu after the late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. At the time of inauguration chief minister Parrikar, said he saw Nitin Gadkari as his “hero because of the Golden Quadrilateral project”.  According to the newspaper report Gadkari, who unveiled the plaque for the new bridge said, “The execution of the complete work of the bridge is a fulfilment of Manohar Parrikar’s dream.”

The bridge has been constructed to support and the increasing traffic in Panjim. It will facilitate routing of Mumbai bound traffic coming in from Bangalore via Ponda route and Old Goa towards NH-17, bypassing the main Panjim City. It is also aimed at easing the traffic at Panaji KTC Circle, and Panaji Entrance as the same route is currently being used by local traffic as well as NH-17 Highway bound traffic. About 66,000 vehicles use this route every day, leading to hours of congestion, especially during the peak tourist season in the state. The bridge will also be an aesthetically pleasing landmark for tourism development in the state.  

The bridge has been made of 1 lakh cubic metre of high strength, high performance concrete enough to fill 40 Olympic size swimming pools. It weighs 2.5 lakh tonne which is equivalent to that of 570 Boeing aircraft. Around 13,000 tonne of corrosion resistant reinforcement steel, 32,000 square metre of structural steel plates and 1,800 km of high tensile pre-stressing strands have been used in construction of the bridge. The bridge has 88 high tensile strength cables in the state-of-art single place harp type cable stay system. It has a real-time force monitoring mechanism. It is a joint effort of GIDC and engineering and construction major Larsen and Toubro.

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