Modi inaugurates India's longest river bridge

Prime minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the country's longest river bridge - the Dhola- Sadiya Bridge - in Assam. Sadiya is one of the most disadvantaged places in Assam, a subdivision of Tinsukia bounded by rivers on three sides: Lohit, Brahmaputra and Dibang.

The Rs 2,056 crore bridge is 3.55 km longer than the Bandra-Worli Sea link. Apart from this, PM Modi will also inaugurate a slew of projects in the state. It has identified specific focus areas for increasing its presence and market share and has adopted a structured approach.

"Our government has chose to name the bridge after a son of the soil, who is the son of Brahmaputra, a worshipper of the Brahmaputra". 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. He will then leave for Guwahati at around 1.50 p.m., where he will lay the foundation stone of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the first such institute come up in the Northeast.

He said, "The bridge will bring development to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh".

PM Modi said that, "Demonetisation was a very hard call to take and that the only reason it became a success was because of the government's good intentions and the support of the people".

Modi said the bridge would open new road for the high- quality ginger grown by farmers of the region and improve their economic condition.

Modi also congratulated Assam CM Sarbananda Sonwal and his government for completing one year in office.

The Ministry said the new bridge promises to usher in prosperity in the northeastern region and would provide efficient road connectivity to the remote and backward areas which have poor road infrastructure.

" The 9.15 km bridge connects the states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and is the longest such bridge in India". According to some estimates, the new bridge will help save petrol and diesel to the tune of INR 10 lakh on a daily basis.

"For this, we are laying stress on development of infrastructure and making the northeast a tourism centre".

The government plans to spend money on projects including power, optical fibre network structures, road and railways to ensure that the north-east is connected with all parts of India.

  • Zachary Reyes