PM to address nation from Guwahati today
“You have been waiting for this bridge for the last five decades, today you have got it”.
This new, three-lane, 9.15 km bridge, built over river Lohit, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, linking Dhola to Sadiya in Assam, will fill a huge connectivity gap that has existed in the region.
The Congress criticized the government and alleged that the country was on the verge of seeing strife under the BJP-led NDA government. He said this bridge enhances connectivity between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, and opens the door for economic development, on a big scale.
The Dhola-Sadiya bridge will provide efficient road connectivity to remote and backward areas in the North East which have poor road infrastructure.
“NE will not be known as North East anymore, but New Engine – for the new engine which will drive India’s economy forward”, added PM Modi.
Yesterday PM Modi said that he would be in Assam on Friday to take part in various programmes.
On the issue of black money, Modi said, “We had made a decision to take strong steps against black money in the very first meeting of the Union Cabinet”. That’s why the whole nation has its eyes on this bridge. “After his letter a feasibility report was sought by Atalji”, Modi said.
The 9.15 km (5.7 mile) Dhola-Sadiya bridge, strong enough to carry a 60-tonne battle tank, will reduce travel times from Assam to the frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh whose territory is partly claimed by China.
Modi also congratulated Assam CM Sarbananda Sonwal and his government for completing one year in office.
“And also, let us not forget, the region’s infrastructure is 10 years behind the rest of the country and the blame goes to a lot of players, not just one party. This bridge will also help boost the economic development of the region”, he said. We are going very fast to connect the Northeast with the rest of India. “The people will soon start talking about digi-dhan”.
Sonowal informed the media that all Cabinet ministers of the Union Government would participate in the public meeting at Khanapara.