Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after inaugurating India’s longest bridge in Assam, the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge on Friday morning addressed the media and dedicated the bridge to people of Assam. Prime Minister started his speech with the slogan of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and then, asked the people of Assam to take out their mobile phones and start the flash to celebrate the special day. He was accompanied by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal. Prime Minister congratulated the Assam government for the construction of this bridge and said it will be named after Bhupen Hazarika. Speaking about BJP’s one year rule in the state PM said, “within one year of BJP rule in Assam, the state got rid of a lot of problems.”
He added that it is his pleasure to come to Dhola, the land which was once visited by Lord Krishna. PM said if Atal Bihari Vajpayee government was elected in 2004, the construction of the bridge would have completed earlier. “In 2003, one of our MLAs Jagdish Bhuyan wrote to Vajpayee ji requesting for such a bridge. He approved. Then soon Govt changed and the work on the bridge kept on getting delayed,” PM Modi was quoted saying by ANI.
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The day also marked three years of Narendra Modi-led government. After leading BJP to a resounding victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, Modi was sworn-in as the prime minister on May 26. The total length of the Dhola-Sadiya bridge project, including the approach roads on each side, is 28.50 km while the length of the bridge itself is 9.15 km. The bridge will reduce the distance from Rupai on NH-37 in Assam to Meka/Roing on NH-52 in Arunachal Pradesh by 165 KM. Apart from this, Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone for an AIIMS at Changsari and will address the nation in Guwahati.