One of the most important infrastructural projects of India according to the PM, the 9.5 Km long Dhola Sadiya bridge would reduce the travel time from Assam to Arunachal Pradesh from 6 hours to just one hour. The total length of this bridge including the roads leading to it from either side is 28.50 Km. The construction of the bridge which commenced under the UPA government back in 2011 has been finally completed and named as Bhupen Hazarika Setu after the legendary Assamese singer.
What the PM has to say
One of the first projects to foster the government’s act east policy, this bridge would greatly help the economic cause of the North Eastern states. According to Modi, the road, rail, electricity and infrastructural network in this area would help to connect the northeast with the rest of the country. The Dhola Sadiya Bridge would not just help to lower the distance between Assam and Arunachal by 165 Km but also help to boost development in Assam and Arunachal. During his northeast visit, the PM has also laid the foundation stone for 2 more projects- The Indian Agriculture Research Institute and the AIIMS.
A Few Things You Should Know about the Strategic importance of the Bridge
- The largest Indian road bridge built over the mighty Brahmaputra River would create the platform for an economic revolution which in turn would help the nation on its way to become an Asian superpower. INR 2056 Crore has been spent on the construction of the bridge which is around 3.55 Km longer than the Bandra-Worli sea link in Bombay. According to the government, the construction of this bridge would lead to saving of INR 10 lakh worth of petrol/diesel per day.
- Located at a distance of 540 KM from the Assam capital Dispur and about 300 KM from Itanagar the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, this bridge connects the town of Sadia in Tinsukia district of Assam with the Dhola village in Arunachal. This bridge will be able to withstand up to 60 tons of weight including the weight of the battle tanks.
- The bridge would majorly help the Indian Army since the army convoys would now take much less time to travel from Assam to the India-China border posts in Arunachal. The Dhola Sadiya Bridge is expected to improve the defence capacity of the army in the northeast.
- The bridge would also help to boost the tourism in northeast. The lack of a civilian airport in Arunachal will finally be compensated with the construction of the Bhupen Hazarika Setu. Lakhs of Indian tourists visiting the Kamakhya Temple in Assam would now have the chance to travel to Arunachal Pradesh.
- This bridge with its 3 lane carriage ways is going to facilitate a number of hydroelectric projects which are about to come up in the northeast. It is also going to improve the commercial investments in the Northeast and foster enhanced trade between India and the countries in South Asia.