Dhola-Sadiya: PM Narendra Modi inaugurates India's longest river bridge in Assam

Jane Richards
May 26, 2017

As there is no civilian airport in Arunachal Pradesh, this bridge will help people of the state to reach the nearest rail head in Tinsukia and the airport in Dibrugarh easily.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi inaugurated India's longest, Dhola-Sadiya Bridge in Assam.

"It was our then MLA Jagadish Bhuyan who wrote the first letter to the government in May 2003 for a bridge here". He also claimed that while projects were not moving and funds were not being spent in 15-20 years in the Northeast, the present government has begun completing them in two to three years.

On the Northeast, Modi said that his government believed in development of the Northeastern region in order to bring about allround development of the country.

"Our government is trying to convert the Northeast into the hub of economic activity for the entire South-east Asia region".

After Kaliabhomora bridge near Tezpur, there is no bridge over the Brahmaputra for the next 375 km upstream till Dhola, where the new bridge is constructed.

Addressing a book release event on the third anniversary of NDA government, he said that "Modi has taken various initiatives and some of his decisions have been epoch making ones".

The bridge cuts the distance between Rupai on NH-37 in Assam to Meka or Roing on NH-52 in Arunachal Pradesh by 165 km, limiting the travel time to just one hour.

Sonowal told ANI, "It is a proud moment for the people of Assam, as Prime Minister Modi will address the nation from Assam as the BJP marks three years of the NDA Government".

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.

Sonowal further said that all Cabinet ministers of the Union Government would participate in the public meeting to be held at Khanapara. "The Northeast has that strength to do wonders, with just the right kind of push, and we are committed to give that push", he said. "We will soon start setting up floating terminals at 15 identified places on Brahmaputra river", he said.

"I will be in Assam tomorrow to take part in various programmes".

Spread over 587 acres, the IARI at Gogamukh will be built with a cost of Rs 155 crores and is expected to usher in a second green revolution in Assam and the northeast.

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