PM Modi inaugurates longest bridge of India in Assam
The bridge is 3.55 kilometres longer than the Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai.
The bridge will save travel of 165 km and time of six hours.
Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday announced that it would build a Samanway Kshetra near the new Bhupen Hazarika Bridge to commemorate the cultural icon’s lifetime efforts to promote universal brotherhood and global peace through his timeless music. Modi said that this bridge would have come up 10 years earlier had the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government been re-elected in 2004.
He said, “The bridge will bring development to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh”. It has protested India’s decision to allow Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to visit the region and developing infrastructure there.
“Our government has chose to name the bridge after Bhupen Hazarika“.
Greeting the people here in Assamese, Modi asked them to switch on the torches of their mobiles to “show to the nation that you are celebrating the occasion”.
“This bridge will now be known by the name of Bhupen Hazarika, the son of Brahmaputra who enchanted the world with his voice”, said Modi. Sadiya is one of the most disadvantaged places in Assam, a subdivision of Tinsukia bounded by rivers on three sides: Lohit, Brahmaputra and Dibang. We are going very fast to connect the Northeast with the rest of India. Under the aegis of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in public private partnership (PPP) with Navayuga Engineering Company Limited, the construction of the bridge started in 2011.
“Popular Prime Minister Modi has fulfilled his pre-poll slogan of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas”, said the Chief Minister.
The PM also congratulated the BJP government in Assam which has just completed one year in power, after decades of Congress rule.
The bridge is capable of bearing the weight of a 60-tonne battle tank.
– To the total cost of the project is Rs 2,056 crore. Then he symbolically laid the foundation stone of AIIMS Assam (proposed to be set up at Changsari in Kamrup district) at Sarusajai stadium in Guwahati through remote control.