India opens longest bridge spanning to region disputed with China

Violet Tucker
June 7, 2017

On the third anniversary of his taking over as Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi has inaugurated India's longest bridge, the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge on the Brahmaputra at Sadiya in Assam.

Modi will wrap up his six-day tour with a stop in France to meet newly-elected President Emmanuel Macron.

Speaking on the BJP's one year rule in the state Prime Minister Modi said that within one year of party's rule in Assam, the state got rid of a lot of problems.

The bridge is longer than Mumbai's Bandra-Worli Sealink by 3.55 kilometres, and has been created to carry T-72 tanks. Modi will then proceed to inaugurate the Dhola-Sadiya bridge.

The bridge constructed at a cost of Rs 950 crore will also reduce travel time for the military supplies to reach the border areas in Arunachal's Dibang and Anjaw - a tedious journey that otherwise takes about two days.

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With importance accorded to quick movement of military troops and artillery, the bridge has been created to allow movement of tanks, official sources said. He named the bridge after Dadasaheb Phalke awardee and legendary lyricist-singer Late Bhupen Hazarika who hailed from Sadiya.

Newsletter has been successfully subscribed. It is the longest bridge in India, which runs 9.15 km from end to end and connects Assam with Arunachal Pradesh.

GUWAHATI, MAY 26 (AGENCIES): Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Guwahati to be set up at Changsari in Kamrup district. According to some estimates, the new bridge will help save petrol and diesel to the tune of INR 10 lakh on a daily basis. "But this time, three years ago, the people not only voted us to power, but also chose to walk every step with us, so much so that many a time they are one step ahead of the government", he said.

The bridge is a 12.9-metre-wide or 42 feet external post tensioned one with 183 spans each of 50 meters or 160 feet, along with a two-lane connecting road from Dhola Bazaar to Islampur Tiniali.

Seen as an engine of growth in the Northeast region, the bridge will also provide significant "impetus to regional groupings like BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation)".

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