India’s longest bridge Dhola-Sadiya will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today in Assam. May 26 marks the day when he sworn-in as the Prime Minister after leading the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a massive victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. On the third anniversary as the Prime Minister of India, he will also be addressing a public meeting and talk about the completion of the three years of his government. Along with the inauguration of the Dhola-Sadiya bridge, PM Modi will also be laying the foundation for various projects including the new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and the Agriculture Research Institute. The new projects will accelerate the development of Assam and the other Northeastern states, according to a PTI report.
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The central government is banking big on the bridge to transform the road connectivity in the North-East. India’s longest bridge that runs 9.15 km will connect Dhola on the Brahmaputra’s south bank to Sadiya on the north and is longer than the Bandra-Worli Sea Link (5.6 km) in Maharashtra. According to Indian Express reports, this is the forth bridge on the Brahmaputra and it is said to boost the communication across the eastern Arunachal Pradesh. The bridge will reduce the travel time for the Army convoys by 3-4 hrs in their journeys to their posts on the Arunachal-China border.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter on Thursday and in a series of tweets, he informed about today’s event. He wrote, “I will be in Assam tomorrow to take part in various programmes. I am eagerly awaiting this opportunity to interact with people of Assam,” “I shall lay the foundation stone for two key projects- AIIMS & IARI. Both projects will quicken the development of Assam & the Northeast.” Further while talking about the Dhola-Sadiya bridge, he wrote, “The Dhola-Sadiya Bridge will be inaugurated tomorrow. This is one of the most important infrastructure projects in our nation.” On the completion of three years of his government, PM Modi said, “In the evening, I will address a public meeting at Khanapara. You can watch it on your mobiles.”