India's longest bridge brings Assam closer to Arunachal Pradesh

India's longest bridge brings Assam closer to Arunachal Pradesh

India's longest bridge brings Assam closer to Arunachal Pradesh

It is the longest bridge in India, which runs 9.15 km from end to end and connects Assam with Arunachal Pradesh. "He is late Bhupen Hazarika", the Prime Minister told a well-attended gathering here.

Bearing in mind the necessity for quick movement of troops and artillery to the bordering state of Arunachal, the bridge has been created to accommodate the movement of tanks, according to official sources.

The Dhola-Sadiya bridge will provide efficient road connectivity to remote and backward areas in the North East which have poor road infrastructure.

An Aerial view of the Dhola-Sadiya bridge across River Brahmaputra, inaugurated by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in Assam on May 26, 2017. It will cut the usual travel time of six hours and shorten road distance by almost 150 km.

Massive quake, which occurred on 15 August, 1950 took away half of Sadiya town within days, when the Brahmaputra changed its course.

Also, the bridge is considered to be a big deal as India sees it as an attempt to shore up the nation's defence requirements along the border (Sino-Indian) hence providing easy access to the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. That's why the whole nation has its eyes on this bridge. For those who believe, Modi runs a one-man show, a leading minister says, adding that the cabinet meetings in the present regime last for around three hours, as against the usual practice of an hour or so.

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Before the bridge was constructed people had to depend on ferry boats to cross the Lohit river.

Irani said the programmes to mark the occasion will mainly be around the MODI fest and to propagate the message that the NDA Government and the BJP stand for "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas (together with all, development for all)". 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.

The Prime Minister said infrastructure is extremely important for development, and the effort of the Union Government is to fulfil the dreams and wishes of the people.

- Built at a cost of Rs 2,056 crore, the total length of the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge project, including the approach roads on each side, is 28.50 km.

In his address, the Prime Minister thanked the citizens of India for bringing his party to power and said that his government is taking decisions targetted at bringing benefits to the public at large.

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