PM Modi to inaugurate longest bridge in India today

The 9.15 km bridge over the mighty Brahmaputra river will link Sadia in Assam and Dhola in Arunachal Pradesh.

The new bridge will also reduce the distance from Rupai on NH-37 in Assam to Meka/Roing on NH-52 in Arunachal Pradesh by 165 KM.

Earlier, in a series of tweets, he described the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge as one of the most important infrastructure projects to be undertaken in India.

The bridge, created to facilitate the movement of battle tanks, is expected to help movement of troops to the border with China in the Wallong-Kibithu sector in southern Arunachal Pradesh. SAIL has supplied around 90 per cent or around 30,000 tonnes of steel, including TMT, structurals and plates, for this bridge which will connect the states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

The third anniversary celebrations of the BJP-led NDA Government will be centered around Prime Minister Modi, with a 'Making of Developed India (MODI)' festival. "It will bolster the road connectivity in the Northeast as the bridge will be used by people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh besides defence forces extensively". Notably, Sadia is the birthplace of music legend Dr Bhupen Hazarika.

After unveiling a plaque to mark the inauguration, the Prime Minister travelled, and walked on the bridge for a few minutes.

The bridge is longer than Mumbai's Bandra-Worli Sealink by 3.55 kilometres, and has been created to carry T-72 tanks.

"You have been waiting for this bridge for the last five decades, today you have got it". According to a road ministry estimate, the bridge will save transport fuel worth Rs10 lakh per day in the region.

It has been constructed on BOT (build, operate, transfer) annuity basis at a total cost of Rs 2,056 crore, as part of the Arunachal Package of Roads and Highways under the Ministry's Special Accelerated Road Develoopment Programme for North East (SARDP-NE).

Modi's trip to Assam, during which he will deliver a public address later in the day, rounded off a week of festivities and briefings to highlight his government's achievements.

The bridge is located 540km from Assam capital Guwahati.

  • Zachary Reyes