Union minister Nitin Gadkari addressing a gathering after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s longest, Dhola-Sadiya bridge in Assam, praised the premier for taking initiatives to develop North-East India. He assured the people of Assam that development of North Eastern states is the priority of the government and will soon bring inland waterways infrastructure to the state and added that the Brahmaputra can be used to improve waterways in the state in many ways. He revealed that investment of 1.5 lakh crore in Assam in roadways and inland waterways is being made while mentioning that the government is also putting up floating terminals in 15 places. Gadkari said these initiatives will bring more jobs for youngsters of the North Eastern states.
Attacking the Congress party, Gadkari said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has done more work in Assam than the opposition party did in 10 years of its rule. He added that when the current government will finish its tenure, it will make sure that more work is done for Assam than Congress did in 50 years. Gadkari said PM Narendra Modi’s vision for Assam and North East is becoming a reality and now, the focus is on shipbuilding and creating better navigation channels on the Brahmaputra.
The Dhola-Sadiya bridge was constructed across the rivers Brahmaputra and Lohit. It will connect Dhola with Sadiya in Upper Assam’s Tinsukia district. The construction of the bridge began in 2011 under the aegis of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in public-private partnership (PPP) with Navayuga Engineering Company Limited. It was scheduled to start in 2015 but the work was delayed. The bridge will be one of the vital links in the region and will give relief to the existing transport network.