India’s longest bridge Dhola-Sadiya was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today in Assam. May 26 also marks the day when he was sworn-in as the Prime Minister after leading the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a massive victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. This new bridge over the Brahmaputra river is the fourth bridge to be built over the river and it connects Dhola on the Brahmaputra’s south bank to Sadiya on the north. PM Modi today said that this bridge will be renamed as the Bhupen Hazarika bridge. Here are some of the country’s other iconic bridges-
1. Dhola Sadiya Bridge (2017, 9.15 km)- Assam
India’s longest bridge spans all of 9.15 km and 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 fourth bridge on the Brahmaputra and it is expected to boost communication across the eastern Arunachal Pradesh as well as cut travel time and distance drastically. The bridge will reduce the travel time for the Army convoys by as much as 3-4 hrs in their journeys to their posts on the Arunachal-China border.
2. Mahatma Gandhi Setu (1982, 5.75 km)- Bihar
Built in the year 1982, the Mahatma Gandhi Setu is a bridge over the river Ganga that connects Patna in the south to Hajipur in the north of Bihar. Up until now, it was India’s longest bridge but now it has become the second longest bridge of the country.
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3. Bandra-Worli Sea Link (2009, 5.575 Km)- Maharashtra
Built in the year 2009, the Bandra-Worli Sea Link bridge is officially known as the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link and it connects Bandra in the Western Suburbs of Mumbai with Worli in South Mumbai.
4. Godavari Bridge (1974, 2.79 km)- Andhra Pradesh
Built in the year 1974, the Godavari Bridge is Asia’s third longest road-cum-rail bridge that crosses a water body in this case the river Godavari. The bridge runs 4.1 km on road and 2.8 km on rail.
5. Godavari Arch Bridge (1997/2003, 2.74 km)- Andhra Pradesh
The Godavari Arch Bridge is the third bridge that has been built over the river Godavari. It is also known as the Kovvur-Rajahmundry Bridge, since it is located in two channels, the Kovvur channel and the Rajahmundry channel.
6. Pamban Bridge (1914, 2.3 km)- Tamil Nadu
The Pamdan Bridge is a 100-year-old bridge that connects Rameswaram on the Pamban Island to mainland India.
7. New Yamuna Bridge (2004, 1.5 km)- Uttar Pradesh
The New Yamuna Bridge is a cable style bridge that has been made across the Yamuna river in the city of Allahabad. It the connects the city of Allahabad to the neighborhood of Naini.
8. Howrah Bridge (1943, 705 m)- West Bengal
The Howrah Bridge stand tall over the Bay of Bengal and it is made of 26,500 tons of steel. The most interesting thing about this bridge is that it has been made without any nuts and bolts. It is also knwn as the Rabindra Setu. It is one of the four bridges on the Hoogly river and is also a symbol of Kolkata.