1. How PM Modi fulfilled Vajpayee’s ‘dream’ to build India’s longest Bhupen Hazarika Bridge between Dhola, Sadiya in Assam

How PM Modi fulfilled Vajpayee’s ‘dream’ to build India’s longest Bhupen Hazarika Bridge between Dhola, Sadiya in Assam

India could have got its longest Bhupen Hazarika Bridge 10 years ago had then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee won the 2004 General Elections, says Modi

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 26, 2017 12:53 PM
dhola-sadiya bridge, dhola sadia bridge, dhola sadiya bri Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Bhupen Hazarika Bridge between Dhola and Sadiya in Assam over river Lohit, a tributary of Brahmaputra on Friday. (Twitter/PMO)

India could have got its longest Bhupen Hazarika Bridge between Dhola and Sadiya in Assam 10 years ago had then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee won the 2004 General Elections, PM Narendra Modi said today after inaugurating one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the North-East.

It took around 14 years for the completion of the 9.15-km-long bridge on river Lohit, a tributary of river Brahmaputra. The idea of Dhola-Sadiya Bridge got first push in May 2003 when then Rajya Sabha MP Arun Kumar Sarma and Sadiya MLA Jagadish Bhuyan, both leaders of AGP then, wrote to then minister for Development of North-Eastern Region, C P Thakur, and proposed such a bridge.

In June 2003, then Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Mukut Mithi wrote to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, saying, “The eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh is sensitive from the strategic point of view. In 1962, Wallong and Kibithoo were scenes of fierce battles, and the absence of proper surface communication was the main factor why the Indian Army suffered massive losses,” according to The Indian Express.

PM Vajpayee’s road and transport ministry cleared the feasibility study of the project in August 2003. However, the project was stalled for years as Vajpayee lost power in 2004. Finally, the work started in 2011 but it was delayed and the overall cost of the bridge escalated.

After Modi government came to power in 2014, construction of this bridge was included in a Rs 15,000 crore-package sanctioned by the Centre in 2015 to improve road connectivity in the border state Arunachal Pradesh.

“If Atal Bihari Vajpayee had come to power again in 2004, you would have got this bridge 10 years ago. On May 29, (2003) MLA Jagdish Bhuiyan had written a letter to the government for the bridge. The Atal Bihari government took this seriously and ordered the feasibility study,” the PM said in Assam’s Dhola today.

“If the work had begun then, we would have got the bridge 10 years earlier,” he added.

The PM further said, “In three years, we made efforts to fulfill Atal ji’s drem. And now when BJP Assam government is completing one year in the state, this is a matter of pride for the entire country that India’s longest bridge has come up in Assam.”

Sadiya in district Tinsukia is the birth place of legendary Assamese singer Bhupen Hazarika and the bridge has been named after him.

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    Rajendra Gupta
    May 30, 2017 at 8:41 pm
    Khangress also dela metro. We had largest train network in the world seventy years ago passing through rivers, mountains, etc. Metro is small thing, but khangress was busy siphoning national wealth.
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      Madan Choudhury
      May 27, 2017 at 12:03 am
      Whether the Congress government has zero contribution in this bridge.
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        Balanced Indian
        May 27, 2017 at 10:42 am
        Modi is good at manipulating information. This news entirely ignores contribution of UPA, Congress and Manmohan singh. They brought this project to reality from financial planning, design, awarding contract and nearly 70 of the construction. Modi steals credit.
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