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

He first inaugurated the country's longest river bridge, Dhola-Sadiya bridge, now called as Bhupen Hazarika bridge, in Tinsukia district. The 9.15 km-long bridge links Dhola in Assam to Sadiya in Arunachal Pradesh and serve as the foundation for a new economic revolution, to make the North East region a trade hub for Southeast Asia. That's why the whole nation has its eyes on this bridge. He named the bridge after Dadasaheb Phalke awardee and legendary lyricist-singer Late Bhupen Hazarika who hailed from Sadiya. The 9.15 km (5.7 mile) Dhola-Sadiya bridge, strong enough to carry a 60-tonne battle tank, will reduce travel times from Assam to the frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh whose territory is partly claimed by China.

The bridge will fill a huge connectivity gap that existed in the region.

Addressing a public meeting at Dhola, Modi said that the bridge would open the door for economic development in the Northeast as visioned by the Union Government. We are giving stress on development of roads, bridges, rails, air and waterways which are environment-friendly and economical.

He also highlighted the development initiative taken up by the BJP government at the Centre for the northeast region for which improving the railway infrastructure was also in the pipeline to speed up the economic progress. Than, the project got approval in 2009 under the Congress-led UPA government, and construction began in 2011, under the Tarun Gogoi-led Congress government in Assam. "It is on the two tracks of physical infrastructure and social infrastructure that complete development is achieved", he said.

The bridge also opens new road for the high quality ginger grown by farmers of the region and will improve their economic condition. The Congress leader also thanked former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and then Road Transport Minister Oscar Fernandes for approving the mega bridge project.

"And also, let us not forget, the region's infrastructure is 10 years behind the rest of the country and the blame goes to a lot of players, not just one party".

Terming the Bhupen Hazarika bridge as a "Bridge of Hope", Sonowal mentioned that the state government's decision to construct a 'Samanway Kshetra near the bridge would be a boon to tourism in the state as the tourists visiting the Samanway Kshetra will be able know the art & culture of Assam as well as the North-East under one roof.

  • Leroy Wright