PM inaugurates India's longest bridge, NE to be South-Asia's trade hub

Terrell Bush
June 7, 2017

Bringing Assam and Arunachal Pradesh closer, the country's longest river bridge - at 9.15 km - over the mighty Brahmaputra, is to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. Modi is on a day-long visit to Assam.

When operational, Dhola-Sadiya spanning on incredible 9.15 kilometers will be India's largest bridge. It will reduce the travel time for people on either bank of river Lohit by at least eight hours.But Dhola-Sadiya is not the only bridge in the Northeast that will go into the record books.

Media reports said the bridge will help India's military forces access the border with China, adding that it is created to facilitate the movement of 60-tonne battle tanks.

The Prime Minister congratulated the Assam Government for the construction of the bridge and said it will be named after Assam's beloved singer, Bhupen Hazarika.

Newsletter has been successfully subscribed. The Dhola-Sadiya bridge connects Assam with Arunachal Pradesh. If one considers the length of the approach roads, the total length of the project road is 28.5 km.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday laid the foundation stone of the third Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) here in Assam. Both bridges would be strategic assets, given that they have been developed with an aim to allow defense cargoes, including tanks and other heavy military equipment to move from Assam to India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh at a short notice.

The Dhola-Sadiya bridge will provide efficient road connectivity to remote and backward areas in the North East which have poor road infrastructure. After the inaugurations PM Modi will also kick-start the celebrations of NDA's 3 years in the power from eastern-most part of Assam. "We have also started various road and highway projects with estimated cost of ₹40,000 to ₹50,000 crore", he said. The bridge project will enhance the entire transport system of North Assam. While addressing the huge gathering Modi spoke about the Act East Policy, saying that the government wanted northeast region to become a trade hub for southeast Asia by connecting the area for economic activity. According to some estimates, the new bridge will help save petrol and diesel to the tune of INR 10 lakh on a daily basis.

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