Dibrugarh, May 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be inaugurating and dedicating to the nation the longest river bridge over River Brahmaputra in Assam on May 26.
This 9.15 km long bridge over the mighty Brahmaputra located in the vicinity of Indo-China border is considered as engineering marvel and is capable of carrying a 60-ton tank in times of war.
With the inauguration of this most important road link between Dhola and Sadiya, the Prime Minister will launch the celebration of his completion of three years’ rule at the Centre.
This bridge is viewed as India’s defence preparedness to meet any eventuality in case a war broke out between India and China. Besides, this bridge would ease the travelling of people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal described this bridge as the most strategic and important achievement. “The Prime Minister will dedicate the strategically important bridge to the nation on May 26. It will bolster the road connectivity in the Northeast as the bridge will be used by people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh besides defence forces extensively,” Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said.
“Assam and Arunachal Pradesh are huge most strategic regions of the country. Since the bridge is located close to our border with China, it will help quick movement of military troops and artillery in times of conflict,” Sonowal said.
The bridge is the longest one surpassing the famous Bandra- Worli sea link measuring 3.55 km in length. This bridge is 9.15 km and will strengthen the connectivity in the northeastern region.
The total project cost RS 950 crore. The work on this project began in 2011. The design of this bridge is so made that it can easily bear the weight and friction of military tanks weighing up to 60 tonnes.
The construction of the bridge began in 2011 at a project cost of Rs 950 crore. The design is such that the bridge can withstand the movement of military tanks.
The bridge is located 540-km away from Assam capital Dispur and 300 km away from Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar. The aerial distance to the Chinese border is less than 100 km.
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. Currently, all the transport between the two banks of the river is 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.
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.
Sonowal said the delayed works of the bridge was expedited after Modi assumed the charge in 2014. The bridge was originally scheduled to open in 2015.
The bridge is one of the key projects of the ministry of road transport and highways in the Northeast and is built in public-private partnership with a construction company.