Modi Inaugurates India's Longest Bridge, Names It After Bhupen Hazarika

The three-lane 9.15 km long bridge will connect Dhola in Assam to Sadiya in Arunachal Pradesh.

The bridge, which can bear the weight of a 60-tonne battle tank, will provide a road-link to various strategic locations in the region and make civil and military logistics movement easier for Arunachal's Anini, some 100 km from the China border. It will reduce the travel time for people on either bank of river Lohit by at least eight hours.But Dhola-Sadiya is not the only bridge in the Northeast that will go into the record books.

Aerial view of Dhola-Sadiya bridge.

Massive quake, which occurred on 15 August, 1950 took away half of Sadiya town within days, when the Brahmaputra changed its course. Now, the same journey will take only 30 minutes. "This bridge will bring about a new economic revolution", he added. Modi is scheduled to deliver a speech to the nation on three-year anniversary of NDA government, which also marks a year of BJP government in Assam.

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

PM Modi termed Dhola-Sadiya Bridge as one of the most important infrastructure projects of the nation. With the opening of the new bridge, the connectivity to Arunachal Pradesh will get a boost.

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

He described the bridge as not just Assam's pride, but the country's pride.

Sonowal informed the media that all Cabinet ministers of the Union Government would participate in the public meeting at Khanapara.

"If development is to be made permanent, then infrastructure is the first requirement". After the inaugurations PM Modi will also kick-start the celebrations of NDA's 3 years in the power from eastern-most part of Assam.

Bhupen Hazarika was a legendary Indian playback singer, lyricist, musician, singer, poet and film-maker from Assam.

"In the last three years, we have given foremost priority to trusting the citizens", he said.

The 9.15 km long bridge between Dhola and Sadiya in Assam's Tinsukia district will not only shorten the distance between the state and Arunachal Pradesh by 165 km but will also reduce the travel time between the two states by five hours.

  • Salvatore Jensen