PM inaugurates India’s longest bridge in Assam

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi unveiling the plaque to mark the dedication to Nation of the Dhola-Sadia Bridge, across River Brahmaputra, in Assam on May 26, 2017. The Governor of Assam, Shri Banwarilal Purohit, the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari and the Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal are also seen.

By Odisha Story Bureau, Dhola:


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today inaugurated India’s longest bridge – the 9.15 km long Dhola-Sadiya bridge, over the River Brahmaputra, in Assam.

This was his first engagement on the third anniversary of his swearing-in as Prime Minister.

The bridge will enhance connectivity and greatly reduce travel time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

After unveiling a plaque to mark the inauguration, the Prime Minister travelled, and walked on the bridge for a few minutes.

An Aerial view of the Dhola-Sadiya bridge across River Brahmaputra, inaugurated by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in Assam on May 26, 2017.

Later, addressing a public meeting at Dhola, the Prime Minister said that the inauguration of the bridge marks the end of a long wait for the people of this area.

The Prime Minister said infrastructure is extremely important for development, and the effort of the Union Government is to fulfil the dreams and wishes of the people. He said this bridge enhances connectivity between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, and opens the door for economic development, on a big scale.

He said the eastern and north-eastern parts of the country have the greatest potential for economic development, and this bridge is just one element of the Union Government’s vision in this regard.

An Aerial view of the Dhola-Sadiya bridge across River Brahmaputra, inaugurated by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in Assam on May 26, 2017.

The Prime Minister said the bridge will bring about a positive change in the lives of the common people. He said the Union Government is placing great emphasis on the development of waterways as well.

The Prime Minister said enhanced connectivity between the North-East and other parts of the country is a priority for the Union Government, and work has been greatly speeded up in this regard. He said that good connectivity in the North-East will also link the region with the economy of South-East Asia.

The Prime Minister also spoke of the immense tourism potential of the North-East. He said the Union Government has decided to name the Dhola-Sadiya bridge after the great musician, lyricist and poet, Bhupen Hazarika.

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