Yesterday, 20 November 2020, a new suspension bridge across the river Ganga began operation in Rishikesh. After the legendary Lakshman Jhula (opened in 1930) and Ram Jhula (opened in 1986), the holy city received a new three-lane Janki Setu bridge. The new bridge of 274 meters will facilitate the movement of pedestrians and motorcycles, especially during the annual pilgrimage season.
The historic Lakshman Jhula Bridge (137 meters) was closed to the public in July last year after being declared unsafe to travel. Currently, the 228-meter Ram Jhula remains one of the main types of tourists. Janki Setu is 274 meters long, with separate lanes for pedestrians and two-wheeled vehicles.