Guwahati, May 26: In a gift to NorthEast, the ‘Dhola Sadiya’ bridge is set to get inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. With this India will get the longest bridge which spreads 9.15-km across the Brahmaputra River. The ‘Dhola Sadiya’ bridge will improve connectivity between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
With this, the inauguration of ‘Dhola Sadiya’ bridge will also mark the three year anniversary celebrations of #ModiSarkar. This bridge will also help reduce the travel time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh by over 4 hours. As there is no civilian airport in Arunachal Pradesh, the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge will help the civilians of the bordering state with China to access better road connectivity.
Highlighting the importance of DholaSadiya Bridge, PM Modi said that 'this bridge will reduce the distance between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.Also this bridge will connect the whole NorthEast which spreads across the Brahmaputra river.
Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari addressed the Assam highlighting the importance of Brahmaputra River and the Dhola Sadiya Bridge. Echoing the similar viewsPrime Minister Narendra Modi initiated the addressing session by encouraging youth and people to turn on their mobile flash or torch and participate in the celebration of Dhola Sadiya Bridge.
Pm Modi asserted that Assam BJP Leader Jagdish Bhuyan requested Atal Vajpayee Ji and got this project approved. Thanking him for his efforts PM Modi tweeted saying the bridge was requested by one of our MLAs Jagdish Bhuyan. He wrote to Vajpayee ji & he approved it. PM Modi focused that Govt is committed to serve NorthEast and enhance its progress.
Following are the interesting facts about ‘Dhola Sadiya’ bridge:
The Dhola-Sadiya Bridge is being built over the Lohit River, a tributary of the Brahmaputra.
In Assam, the bridge is located in Sadia, 540 kilometres from Guwahati. Its other end is in Dhola, 300 kilometres from Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal.
It about 9.2 km in length - that's nearly 30% longer that the famous Bandra-Worli Sealink in Mumbai.
Once opened, the bridge will reduce travel time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh by up to four hours. There is no operational airport in Arunachal.
The strategic importance of the bridge for the military is huge. With the bridge, troops will be able to enter Arunachal Pradesh, which borders China, much more quickly and easily.
The bridge has been designed to withstand the weight of 60-tonne battle tanks.
There is no existing bridge in the region that is strong enough to allow the travel of tanks to Tinsukia, from where troops usually enter Arunachal.
Construction began in 2011, when the Congress governed Assam. The cost of the project is about Rs. 950 crore.
So far, there is little road connectivity between Assam and Arunachal - a strategy aimed at making it difficult for military incursion from China. Currently, the only route for people looking to travel from this part of Assam to Arunachal is by boat.
Construction of this bridge was included in Rs. 15,000 crore-package sanctioned by the centre in 2015 to improve road connectivity in the border state.