India's longest bridge brings Assam closer to Arunachal Pradesh

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May 26: Sixteen kilometres from Sadiya, where Assam's master balladeer was born, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today named the country's longest bridge, one that now brings the two banks and their people closer by four hours, after him. The Dhola-Sadiya bridge connects Assam with Arunachal Pradesh.

The bridge reduces the distance by 165km, saving six hours of travel time and fuel worth Rs10 lakh per day in the region. Mr Modi dedicated the bridge to the nation, while also naming it after the legendary singer from the Assamese region - Bhupen Hazarika.

The bridge is a 12.9-metre-wide or 42 feet external post tensioned one with 183 spans each of 50 meters or 160 feet, along with a two-lane connecting road from Dhola Bazaar to Islampur Tiniali.

Communist Party of India (CPI) has termed the three years of Narendra Modi led BJP government as 'three years of disaster'.

Addressing the nation here on completion of third years in the office by the BJP-led government, Modi pledged to set up a "class less society" in the country where people from all walks of life would be living with dignity and dignity of labour would be respected most.
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Experts say the US$318 million project will consolidate New Delhi's defences in the region. The 66-year-old prime minister has made upgrading India's infrastructure a priority, also setting up a ministry to develop India's remote northeast beyond the so-called Chicken's Neck - a narrow strip of territory around Bangladesh. If you can produce this ginger using organic method, you can also capture global market.

The main opposition Indian National Congress has attacked the Modi government, saying it has failed to live up to its promises, with India seeing "jobless growth" and an agrarian crisis. "For development, building infrastructure is key, and that is why we are building physical and social infrastructure", he said.

“The government is giving importance to development of the Northeast because the countrys progress greatly depends on harnessing the potentials of the region like tourism, power generation, etc. We are giving stress on development of roads, bridges, rails, air and waterways which are environment- friendly and economical. He said the work for three more bridges over the Brahmaputra river would be started soon.

A vehicle carrying the Prime Minister, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal and other senior government officials then passed over it. In the upstream after 120 km there is a bridge available for crossing the same but it travels through hard hilly terrain on north bank.

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