India opens its longest bridge near China border

Legendary singer Lata Mangeskar on Saturday praised Prime Minisiter Narendra Modi for naming the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge of Assam after renowned Assamese music legend Bhupen Hazarika.

“This bridge will not only save time and money, but it will also bring about a new economical revolution for the people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh“, Mr Modi said.

Another major infrastructure, the 4.94 km rail cum road Bogibeel bridge, expected to be thrown open to public sometime in 2018, will connect Dibrugarh in Upper Assam to Dhemaji district which is lying at Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. 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. He also announced that the Union government has made a decision to name the bridge after singer Bhupen Hazarika, who hailed from Sadia.

The Prime Minister also said that while projects were not moving and funds were not being spent in 15-20 years in the Northeast, the present government has begun completing them in two to three years. “This region can play a huge role in connecting India to Southeast Asia”, Modi said. “He approved. Then soon government at the Centre changed and the work on the bridge kept on getting delayed”. He said agriculture needs to be developed in line with the requirements of the 21st century.

Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday attacked the BJP-led central government for trying to take credit for the newly constructed longest bridge on Lohit river in Assam, saying that it was the “brainchild” of the Congress.

The bridge is an engineering marvel.

After inaugurating the Rs 2,056-crore strategic bridge at Sadia in Assam’s Tinsukia district, Modi walked a short distance over it. He recalled the role played by the former MLA Jagadish Bhuyan in the construction of the bridge as it was he who wrote to then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on May 29, 2003. He said his Government is working towards boosting prosperity and welfare of the people in the North-East through this “panch-tatva”.

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