Lata Mangeskar praises PM Modi for naming India's longest bridge after Hazarika

He waved to the hundreds of people waiting there.

The bridge will now hugely curtail travel time of the people of Sadiya and Arunachal Pradesh, who often used waterway to reach Tinsukia and Dibrugarh to catch trains, flights, etc., or for education goal and medical service. The Congress leader also thanked former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and then Road Transport Minister Oscar Fernandes for approving the mega bridge project. "This region can play a huge role in connecting India to Southeast Asia", Modi said.

He added that the government was working to make the region a hub of economic activity.

Modi is however expected to launch more infrastructure projects in Assam later.

The construction of this 9.15-km-long bridge began in 2011 under public private partnership.

Modi inaugurated the country's longest bridge over the Lohit, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, at the eastern end of Assam, besides laying the foundation stone of an agriculture research institute and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. "After his letter a feasibility report was sought by Atalji", Modi said. "He approved. Then soon government at the Centre changed and the work on the bridge kept on getting delayed".

Besides giving a major boost to tourism, this over Rs 950 crore bridge also assumes strategic significance given its position vis-a-vis the Indo-China border in Arunachal Pradesh.

Replying a question why did the Modi government and Jammu and Kashmir government fail to contain the Kashmir violence, the BJP president said that success or failure of a government should not be evaluated on the developments of two-three months.

"Northeast has the potential to fulfill our dream of taking India to newer heights of development". So far, the only means of connectivity in the area was ferry services on Brahmaputra.

Gadkari announced that they would be starting three more big bridge projects in different parts of the northeast.

Also speaking on the occasion the Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari said that highways and inland waterways projects worth about Rs 40,000 crores are now being implemented in the North Eastern states, and there are plans to spend about Rs 1,50,000 crores on projects in these states in the next two years.

Earlier, Modi, on a day-long visit to the state, was received by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Governor Banwarilal Purohit and other dignitaries on his arrival at the airport.

  • Joanne Flowers