1. PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Dhola-Sadiya Bridge; 10 things to know about India’s longest bridge in Assam

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Dhola-Sadiya Bridge; 10 things to know about India’s longest bridge in Assam

The construction of this bridge was announced as an attempt by India to shore up its defence requirements along the Sino-Indian border particularly in the Northeast

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 26, 2017 12:23 PM
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s longest river bridge in Assam on May 26. After the inauguration, the Prime Minister took a walk on the bridge and dedicated it to the people of Assam. The Dhola -Sadiya Bridge which is capable of withstanding 60-tonne battle tank will be very close to China border. The event was also attended by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

Here’s all you need to know about India’s longest bridge:

– The construction of this bridge was announced as an attempt by India to shore up its defence requirements along the Sino-Indian border particularly in the Northeast besides providing easy access to the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam with air and rail connectivity.

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– The bridge is 9.15 km long which makes it the longest bridge in India overtaking the Bandra-Worli sea link.

– The construction of this bridge began in 2011 and the project cost was estimated to be Rs 950 crore, reported PTI. The design is such that the bridge can withstand the movement of military tanks.

– The bridge is located 540-km away from Assam capital Dispur and 300 km away from Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar. The aerial distance to the Chinese border is less than 100 km.

– The new bridge was constructed over the Brahmaputra. Interestingly, after Kaliabhomora bridge near Tezpur, there is no bridge over the Brahmaputra for the next 375 km upstream till Dhola, where this bridge is being constructed.

– The bridge is expected to cut travel time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Since there is no civilian airport in Arunachal Pradesh, the bridge will help people to reach the nearest rail head in Tinsukia and the airport in Dibrugarh easily.

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– The bridge was originally scheduled to open in 2015 but CM Somwal told PTI that the bridge was expedited after Modi assumed charge in 2014.

– The Bharatiya Janata Party government completed one year in Assam on May 24 and the inauguration of bridge marked the grand celebration.

– Assam CM believes that the new bridge will allow quick movement of military troops and artillery in times of conflict.

– With the inauguration of this bridge, Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked-start the celebrations of the NDA government’s three years in office from the eastern-most part of the country.

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    pradip
    May 14, 2017 at 10:38 pm
    Modiji is inaugarating it but it was started long back by previous government, whose wisdom, and foresight for nation's requirements needs attention and salute.
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