India’s longest bridge inaugurated in Assam; PM Modi cuts the ribbon
“You have been waiting for this bridge for the last five decades, today you have got it”.
The bridge is expected to reduce travel time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh by up to four hours, making travel easy for commuters.
He also said the government was working to make the region a hub of economic activity. “It will bolster the road connectivity in the Northeast as the bridge will be used by people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh besides defence forces extensively”.
“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.
Modi will first be hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel at Germany’s official state guest house in Brandenburg, where the two leaders will jointly address a meeting of top business leaders.
Also taunting the previous government, Modi asserted that the bridge would have completed earlier if it wasn’t for the UPA government.
“On May 29, 2003, the then MLA Jagdish Bhuyan had written a letter to Prime Minister Vajpayee, requesting the construction of the bridge”.
The Narendra Modi- government on Wednesday said that the energy shortage in the country had come down to 0.7 per cent in 2016-17.
The Dhola-Sadiya Bridge will reduce travel time between Rupai in Assam to Meka/Roing in Arunachal Pradesh to one hour from six.
The BJP will be organising a pan-Indian festival-like publicity campaign to highlight the achievements of the Narendra Modi-led NDA three-year rule.
“Want to express my heartfelt gratitude towards the people of country that they have let us form a government and gave me opportunity to serve the nation”. The bridge, Modi said, will officially be named Bhupen Hazarika bridge, after the Padma Vibhushan-winning singer from the state.
“We are committed to the development of the northeast”.
About growth in the north-east, Modi said, “The bridge will open gates for economic growth in the region and bring an economic revolution”. He also elaborated upon the planned and ongoing work for development of the Brahmaputra River (National Waterways – 2) and Barak River (National Waterways-16).
” The construction of the bridge began in 2011, and cost of the project was around Rs 950 crore”.