Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), in collaboration with the Gujarat Tourism Department and Pavitra Yatradham Vikas Board, is building ‘Sudama Setu’ over the river Gomti to connect Dwarka with Panchnad Tirth.
The estimated cost of construction of the bridge is Rs. 8 crores.
A press release issued by RIL’s Parimal Nathwani said that the construction of the cable-stayed bridge on the river Gomti, connecting Dwarkadheesh’s Jagat Mandir and Panchnad Tirth is likely to be completed before the festival of Janmashtami this year and will be thrown open for the pilgrims henceforth.
The hanging bridge has been named ‘Sudama setu’ in fond memories of friendship of Dwarkadheesh Shri Krishna and Porbandar’s poor Brahmin Sudama.
At present, pilgrims use boats to cross the Gomti river to reach Panchnad on the opposite bank.
Once the ‘Sudama setu’ is completed, the pilgrims will be able to visit Panchnad or ‘panch kui’ (five wells) on foot.
The total length of the bridge is 166 metres and its width is 2.4 metres. It has the capacity to carry 25,000-30,000 persons an hour on foot.