Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Longest Bridge of India connecting Assam and Arunachal Pradesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India's longest bridge that connects Dhola of Arunachal with Sadiya of Assam, reducing the travel time by four hours. The ‘Bhupen Hazarika Bridge’ is named after singer Bhupen Hazarika, who hailed from Sadia. The 9.15 km s-shaped bridge, built over rivers Lohit, Kundil and Dhola to link Sadiya with the rest of Assam.

The 950 crore project began in 2011 and scheduled to become operational from December 2015. According to reports, the project cost around 10 billion rupees and has taken about six years to complete. It will promote tourism in the region. The bridge project will enhance the entire transport system of North Assam which was being carried out through water across the Brahmaputra River.

The bridge will certainly give the army access to an extremely remote part of the Chinese border, along the Anjaw and Dibang valley of Arunachal, allowing them to move tanks over it. The bridge has been designed to accommodate the movement of battle tanks for the quick movement of troops and artillery to the bordering state of Arunachal. The bridge will be one of the vital links in this region which will not only give a relief to the existing transport network but also invite various developmental activities.

“Besides improving the life of the people of Sadiya, this bridge will change the economy of many remote parts of Arunachal. Already, tourists lodges are being built in places like Mayodiya in that state,” said Sangmai.

“Yes, the bridge will not only greatly shorten the travel time of people living in that state’s Lohit, Upper Dibang and Lower Dibang districts but will also develop tourism in that belt, particularly in places like Mayodiya, Dong, Bismaknagar,” added Dibrugarh-based journalist Rajib Dutta.


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