Assam: PM Modi to inaugurate country's longest bridge today
The road connectivity in the North-East will witness a major transformation as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to inaugurate tomorrow the country's longest Dhola-Sadiya Bridge in Assam.
This bridge will reduce the travel time between Rupai, Assam to Meka/Roing, Arunachal Pradesh by around five hours. This new, three lane, 9.15 kilometre bridge has been built at a cost of about Rs 2,056 crore over river Lohit, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, linking Dhola in Assam to Sadiya in Arunachal Pradesh.
"The bridge will fill a huge connectivity gap that has existed in the region. Till now, the only means to cross the Brahmaputra at this location has been by ferry only in day- time and even this was not possible during floods," the Ministry of Shipping said in a statement. The last bridge over the Brahmaputra was the Kalia Bhomora Bridge at Tejpur.
"This will, however, change from tomorrow with the Dhola- Sadiya bridge ensuring 24X7 connectivity between upper Assam and eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh," the statement said.
The bridge will also reduce the distance from Rupai on NH-37 in Assam to Meka/Roing on NH-52 in Arunachal Pradesh by 165 KM.
The travel time between the two places will come down from the current six hours to just one hour. This will result in saving of petrol and diesel worth Rs 10 lakh per day, the statement said.
The Dhola-Sadiya bridge promises to usher in prosperity in the North-East, it said adding, it will provide efficient road connectivity to remote and backward areas which have poor road infrastructure.