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Pics show ‘Gutka’ Stains On India’s Longest Sea Bridge Atal Setu Days After Opening

Mumbai: Photos showing ‘gutka’ stains on the newly-opened Mumbai Trans Harbour Link or Atal Setu have surfaced online.

The bridge, dubbed the longest sea bridge in India, was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi on Friday and opened to the public on Saturday. Several other photos and videos also surfaced online, which showed people stopping their vehicles and taking pictures on the bridge.

Named Atal Bihari Vajpayee Sewri-Nhava Sheva Atal Setu, the bridge reduces travel time between Sewri in central Mumbai and Chirle in Navi Mumbai to just 15-20 minutes. Soon after the inauguration, the bridge became a favorite location for many to click photos. Unfortunately, littering has also started on the bridge.

A picture of a few cars stopped on the bridge appeared on X (previously Twitter) on Saturday, January 13. Many individuals were seen taking pictures on the bridge in the widely shared image. A user on X also noted that trash was visible on the bridge’s edge in the picture, indicating that people have begun to litter there.

About Atal Setu, India’s Longest Bridge

Atal Setu is a 6-lane, 21.8-kilometer bridge that was built at a cost above Rs 17,840 crore. Its length is roughly 5.5 km on land and 16.5 km over the sea. In addition, it is the nation’s longest sea bridge. In addition to ensuring quicker access to Navi Mumbai International Airport and Mumbai International Airport, the bridge will shorten the time it takes to get from Mumbai to Pune, Goa, and South India.

After inaugurating Atal Setu, PM Modi said the bridge symbolizes a developed India and reflects what the country’s future would be like.

“Atal Setu is the picture of developed India. This is a glimpse of what a developed India is going to be like. In a developed India, there will be facilities for all, prosperity for all, there will be speed, and progress. In developed India, distances will be reduced and every corner of the country will be connected,” he remarked.

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