Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the Atal Setu, India’s longest sea bridge, as a vision of India’s future development during its inauguration in Navi Mumbai on Friday. The 21.8-km-long bridge, named Atal Bihari Vajpayee Sewari-Nhava Sheva Atal Setu, is a testament to the country’s progress.
The sea bridge’s inauguration marks a milestone in transportation infrastructure, providing a crucial link between previously isolated areas and facilitating smoother movement of goods and services. This development is likely to reduce transportation costs, decrease transit times, and improve overall efficiency in the supply chain.
“In a developed India, there will be facilities for all, prosperity for all, speed, and progress. Distances will be reduced, connecting every corner of the country, and ensuring continuous functioning of life and livelihood. This is the message of Atal Setu,”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
The bridge is said to provide faster connectivity to Mumbai International Airport and Navi Mumbai International Airport and also reduce travel time from Mumbai to Pune, Goa, and South India. It will also improve connectivity between Mumbai Port and Jawaharlal Nehru Port.
Japan’s crucial support for the project was also acknowledged, with the Japan International Cooperation Agency providing an Official Development Assistance loan. PM Modi paid tribute to the late Shinzo Abe, the former Japanese Prime Minister, with whom the bridge’s inception was deliberated.
Taking a dig at the former UPA government, PM Modi highlighted the lack of commitment to projects, contrasting it with the current era of simultaneous efforts in poverty alleviation campaigns and nationwide mega-projects.
PM Modi inaugurated the six-lane bridge, costing over INR 18,000 crore, connecting Sewri in Mumbai to Nhava Sheva in Uran taluka, Raigad district. The infrastructure marvel aims to enhance connectivity to Mumbai and Navi Mumbai International Airports, reduce travel time to Pune, Goa, and South India, and improve connectivity between Mumbai and Jawaharlal Nehru Port.
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