India's longest bridge brings Assam closer to Arunachal Pradesh

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday inaugurated the country's longest river bridge, the Dhola-Sadia Bridge, in the northeastern state of Assam. It is 3.55 km longer than the Bandra-Worli sea link in Mumbai. He said the Union Government has chose to name the Dhola-Sadiya bridge after the great musician, lyricist and poet, Bhupen Hazarika.

"This bridge will bring about a new economic revolution", the Prime Minister said.

On this occasion, PM Modi said, "You have been waiting for this bridge for the last five decades, today you have got it".

"The reduction of distance by 165 km and cutting travel time by seven to eight hours will open new doors for economic development".

- The bridge will also benefit the army, with convoys requiring less time to journey from Assam to the posts along the India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh. "But then another government came to power due to which your dreams were delayed", Modi said. The 66-year-old prime minister has made upgrading India's infrastructure a priority, also setting up a ministry to develop India's remote northeast beyond the so-called Chicken's Neck - a narrow strip of territory around Bangladesh. It can withstand the weight of a 60-tonne battle tank. "We are committed to serving the region & enhancing its progress". "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".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi who arrived here in Assam to inaugurate the longest river bridge in India here on Friday in the presence of Transport Minister Nitin Gardkari, Assam chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit.

He described the bridge as not just Assam's pride, but the country's pride. It is 9.15 km long. PM Modi, during his visit, will also lay the foundation stone for a couple of projects - AIIMS and Indian Agriculture Research Institute. "We have also started various road and highway projects with estimated cost of ₹40,000 to ₹50,000 crore", he said.

The bridge is a 12.9-metre-wide or 42 feet external post tensioned one with 183 spans each of 50 meters or 160 feet, along with a two-lane connecting road from Dhola Bazaar to Islampur Tiniali.

  • Zachary Reyes