PM Narendra Modi took to the stage today in Assam after inaugurating India’s longest bridge, the 9.15 km long Dhola-Sadiya bridge and told the crowd that this was a historic moment for this region as well as the entire North-East. He thereafter proceeded to request the crowd gathered at the rally site to pull out their mobile phones and turn on their flashlights to indicate to the world how big this moment in time was. PM Modi’s request was quickly obeyed by the public and the place was lit up grandly – the crowd was quite pleased to become a close part of the event and contribute their part to make it special.
The Dhola-Sadiya bridge was constructed across the rivers Brahmaputra and Lohit too will connect Dhola with Sadiya in Upper Assam’s Tinsukia district. Construction started in 2011 under the direction of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in public-private partnership (PPP) with Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd.
India could have got its longest Bhupen Hazarika Bridge between Dhola and Sadiya in Assam 10 years ago had then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee won the 2004 General Elections, PM Narendra Modi said today after inaugurating one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the North-East.
It took around 14 years for the completion of the 9.15-km-long bridge on river Lohit, a tributary of river Brahmaputra. The idea of Dhola-Sadiya Bridge got first to push in May 2003 when then Rajya Sabha MP Arun Kumar Sarma and Sadiya MLA Jagadish Bhuyan, both leaders of AGP then, wrote to then minister for Development of North-Eastern Region, C P Thakur, and proposed such a bridge.
While talking addressing the gathering PM Modi said, “If Atal Bihari Vajpayee had come to power again in 2004, you would have got this bridge 10 years ago. On May 29, (2003) MLA Jagdish Bhuiyan had written a letter to the government for the bridge. The Atal Bihari government took this seriously and ordered the feasibility study.” He added, “If the work had begun then, we would have got the bridge 10 years earlier.”