Maharashtra’s most ambitious project – the 701-kilometre Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi corridor will have a bridge designed as a ‘Charkha’ or a spinning wheel as a grand tribute to the ‘father of the nation’ – Mahatma Gandhi.
The charkha (spinning wheel) had become a symbol of self-reliance during the independence movement. According to a report in Hindustan Times, the 315-meter bridge, being built on a river, will be the entry point to Wardha district, well-known for the Sevagram Ashram from where Gandhi led the nation for 12 years till Independence.
The bridge will have three wheels as part of its design. The two bigger rings will be 40 metres in diameter and the smaller ones will be of 16-metre diameter. The iconic six-lane bridge, with two service lanes, will also be crossing over Wardha river.
Deep Dey, director, DesignFakt India Pvt Ltd which has designed the bridge told HT, “We picked themes that further India’s vision as a growing superpower. The Charkha represents the ‘Make in India’ concept and is also a symbolic identity of Wardha.”
Mahatma Gandhi initiated the Swadeshi movement by taking up the charkha and encouraging fellow countrymen to weave their clothes instead of buying foreign goods.
According to officials, the detailed designing of the bridge is done and the construction work will also resume soon. The entire 701-kilometre corridor is expected to be functional by May 1, 2022. The Rs 55,000 crore ambitious expressway will connect 10 districts, 26 talukas and 392 villages between the state’s first and second capital – Mumbai and Nagpur.