PM Modi in Assam to inaugurate key infra projects

Prime Minister Modi, who was touring the region, inaugurated India's longest river bridge in Upper Assam's Tinsukia district: The bridge will enhance all-weather road connectivity between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

According to reports, to cross over to Sadiya near the Lohit border in Arunachal, will take 30-minutes, reducing the travel time by four hours.

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.

The bridge reduces the distance by 165km, saving six hours of travel time and fuel worth Rs10 lakh per day in the region.

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday exhorted the countrymen to work towards making a New India.

Referring the delay, the PM took a dig at the previous UPA regime, "If the Vajpayee government had been re-elected in 2004, the construction of the bridge would not have got delayed".

He added that the government was working to make the region a hub of economic activity. It was a hectic trip to Assam for PM Modi.

The groundwork for the project begun in 2002, under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.

The bridge also opens new road for the high quality ginger grown by farmers of the region and will improve their economic condition.

In the last three years, more than 9,000 soil health card labs were set up across the country and there are plans to set up more as these have helped farmers understand the strength, weaknesses and fertiliser requirement of the soil. Events will be held in about 900 cities across the country till June 15 to highlight the achievements in the three years of the central government.

Among others present at the function were Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. The Prime Minister was speaking at Gogamukh in eastern Assam, after laying the foundation stone for a new Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI).

Guwahati AIIMS will be constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana at an estimated cost of Rs 1,123 crore.

The Prime Minister also vowed to intensify the battle against black money "even if I have to pay a heavy price for it". But with the people's blessings, my government withstood all the problems.

From Gogamukh, Modi will head to Guwahati, where at the Sarusojai stadium in Changsari he will inaugurate the All India Institute of Medical Sciences project in Tezpur through remote.

"This could have caused trouble for us, but the people stood by us because they believed in our honesty".

  • Zachary Reyes