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Dhola-Sadiya Bridge: Modi to inaugurate Assam bridge, longest in Asia

Assam Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate India’s longest bridge on May 26 Assam: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate India's longest bridge on May 26
Manuel Armenta | 15 May, 2017, 20:10

With the inauguration of the 9.15-km-long Dhola-Sadiya bridge over the Brahmaputra river, the prime minister will kick off the celebrations of the NDA government's three years in office from Assam's eastern-most part. This is to tighten security along the Sino-India order which also acts as a road connectivity for people in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.

Sonowal also visited the proposed construction site of an extended campus of Indian Council of Agricultural Research at Gogamukh in Dhemaji district where the prime minister would lay the foundation stone of the project on May 26.

"The prime minister will dedicate the strategically important bridge to the nation on 26 May".

The bridge, which can bear the weight of military trucks and equipment, is located around 100 km aerial distance away from the India-China border.

On the other hand, the BJP's political fortunes are on the rise in the Northeast, where it now leads the governments of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.

At a project cost of 950 crore, the construction of the bridge began in 2011.

Arunachal Pradesh doesn't have even one functional airport along the 3,488-km border it shares with China.

The bridge is located 540-km away from Assam capital Dispur and 300 km from Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar. Currently, all the transport between the two banks of the river are being carried out through water only.

The bridge, when opened for the public, will cut down the travel time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh by as much as four hours. Since there is no civilian airport in Arunachal Pradesh, the bridge will help people to reach the nearest rail head in Tinsukia and the airport in Dibrugarh easily. "The work on approach roads of the main bridge is in full swing and we will complete them before inauguration", road ministry sources said. The bridge was originally scheduled to open in 2015.