Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Dhola-Sadia Bridge, the country’s longest river bridge, over the Lohit in the eastern most tip of Assam connecting Arunachal Pradesh.
After inaugurating the Rs 2,056 crore strategic bridge at Sadia in Assam’s Tinsukia district, Modi walked a short distance over it.
A vehicle carrying the prime minister, union minister Nitin Gadkari, Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal and other senior government officials then passed over it.
The 28.50 km long bridge is 3.55 km longer than the Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai. It has a three lane carriage way and connects Sadia town in Assam’s Tinsukia district with Dhola village in Arunachal Pradesh across the river.
The bridge will reduce travel time between strategically located Assam and Arunachal Pradesh by four hours as the earlier means of transport was only by river.
Bearing in mind the necessity for quick movement of troops and artillery to the bordering state of Arunachal, the bridge has been designed to accommodate the movement of tanks, according to official sources.
Modi, who led the BJP to a massive victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, was sworn-in as the prime minister on May 26 that year.
He will also lay the foundation stone for two key projects – AIIMS and Agriculture Research Institute.
“Both projects will quicken the development of Assam & the Northeast,” he said in another tweet.
Referring to the Dhola-Sadiya bridge, the prime minister said, “This is one of the most important infrastructure projects in our nation.”
The 9.15-km-long bridge will reduce the travel time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh from six hours to just one hour as the distance will shrink by 165 kms.
Modi also congratulated Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonwal and his government for completing one year in office.
“Congrats to @BJP4Assam Government under @sarbanandsonwal for completing a year in office & undertaking remarkable development initiatives,” he tweeted.
“I am also happy on the support towards @BJP4India across the Northeast. We are committed to serving the region & enhancing its progress,” the prime minister added