PM inaugurates India's longest bridge, NE to be South-Asia's trade hub

Xavier Trudeau
Juin 3, 2017

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, inaugurated India's longest bridge - the 9.15 km long Dhola-Sadiya bridge over the River Brahmaputra, in Assam on May 26.

"This bridge will not just save time and money, but also trigger a new economic revolution in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and the entire Northeast".

PM Modi said that, "Demonetisation was a very hard call to take and that the only reason it became a success was because of the government's good intentions and the support of the people".

This bridge will bring Assam and Arunachal closer and open doors of economic prosperity as it shortens a distance of 165 km and saves hours of transit time.

SAIL has supplied around 90% or around 30,000 tonnes of steel, including TMT, Structurals and Plates, for this bridge which will connect the states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. "As a result, India is becoming an economic power in the world", said Modi. He will then leave for Guwahati at around 1.50 p.m., where he will lay the foundation stone of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the first such institute come up in the Northeast.

On the issue of black money, Modi said, "We had made a decision to take strong steps against black money in the very first meeting of the Union Cabinet".

" The bridge project will promote tourism in a big scale in the region". He said that good connectivity in the North-East will also link the region with the economy of South-East Asia. "You will see our measures in the near future", the Prime Minister said. We are giving stress on development of roads, bridges, rails, air and waterways which are environment-friendly and economical.

When operational, Dhola-Sadiya spanning on incredible 9.15 kilometers will be India's largest bridge.

The inauguration of the strategically important Dhola-Sadia Bridge also marks the completion of three years of the Modi government.

Tej Hazarika added that credit for the naming was due to many appeals by the people of Assam, but also to Modi "for his sensitivity regarding my father's position in Assam", and to the chief minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal.

The project, worth Rs 950 crore, was started in 2011. The project cost around 10.00 billion rupees and will take around 4.5 years to complete.

With importance accorded to quick movement of military troops and artillery, the bridge has been created to allow movement of tanks, official sources said.

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