Prominent Bridges of Ahmedabad
The largest city in the state of Gujarat, Ahmedabad is located on the banks of Sabarmati River. There are nine bridges on the river Sabarmati that connect the eastern and western regions of the city. Out of which there are three bridges that are quite significant and prominent. Apart from these, there are some more bridges that join the areas of the city. Let us have a glimpse of each of the bridges.
Renamed as Swami Vivekananda Bridge, the Ellis Bridge gets its name after Sir Barrow Helbert Ellis, the commissioner of the North Zone in the 1870s. It is over a century old (125 years old) bridge that joins the western part of the city of Ahmedabad to the eastern parts of the Sabarmati River. It was the first bridge of Ahmedabad constructed in 1892 and has a bowstring arch truss shape.
Further, in the year 1997 new concrete wings were added to the bridge on either side. The original wooden bridge was constructed by British engineers in 1870-71 commonly known as ‘Lakkadiyo Pool’ meaning wooden bridge. Leaving the two spans on banks, the bridge was entirely destroyed by floods in 1875. Later on in the year 1892, a new steel bridge was rebuilt by an Indian engineer Himmatlal Dhirajram Bhachech. For the building of the bridge, a special type of iron was imported from Birmingham, UK.
As the original steel bridge was narrow and not suited for heavy motorized traffic, it was closed in 1997. On June 27, 2000, the then home minister L.K.Advani inaugurated the bridge, renamed Swami Vivekanand Bridge. In order to not lose the original name of the bridge the west side of the bridge was called Swami Vivekanand Bridge and the east side was known as Manekburaj in the memory of Manekbawa.
The Ellis Bridge is an important Landmark in the city of Ahmedabad.
When Ahmedabad witnessed its worst floods in 1973, the Subhash Bridge that was built in the same year proved that it could withstand this catastrophe. The bridge is named after Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and has a statue of him surrounded by a small garden.
One of the significance that the bridge holds is the Gandhi Ashram which is 1.5 km away from the bridge. The bridge is an important connecting facility for people from the west to reach the airport.
Nehru Bridge was inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1962, and hence the name Nehru Bridge. It connects the old city with West of Ahmedabad. Historically, the Nehru Bridge was to be built as a widened road to relieve congestion on the Gandhi road. The ‘Relief Road’ would have been a straight road starting from the railway station and that would continue straight through Sardar Park to meet Ashram Road. However, this path was revised by authorities; the bridge was then planned to be shifted slightly towards the north. These few meters shift created a total mayhem in the traffic system of Ahmedabad.
It is a modern and larger bridge compared to the landmark Ellis Bridge
One of the new bridges in the city, the Dudheshwar Bridge also known as Maharshi Dadichee bridge, over Sabarmati River was inaugurated on 14th of April 2011 by the then Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi. Rishi Dadhichi’s Ashram was in Ahmedabad’s Vadaj area, a little distance away from the new bridge.
Other bridges in Ahmedabad are as follows:
Sardar Bridge built in 1939
Ambedkar Bridge (VasnaPirana Bridge)
Bhagini Nivedita under Bridge
This was an insight of the city of Ahmedabad; about the famous bridges of the city that connect the western parts to the eastern ones. Ahmedabad is a beautiful city located on the banks of the River Sabarmati, housing a lot of bridges to connect the city’s parts.