New Delhi :
On the third anniversary of the NDA government at Centre, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated country’s longest 9.15 kilometres Dhola-Sadiya bridge in Purana Safdiya of Assam. He will also unveil a number of projects in a few hours later.
The Prime Minister was received by Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonwal at the airport. The bridge was built on Lohit river, an associate river of Brahamputra.
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PM Modi walks at the newly inaugurated bridge along with Asaam CM Sonwal , Governor Purohit and Union Roadways and Highway minister Nitin Gadkari -ANI
PM Modi at the newly inaugurated Dhola - Sadia Bridge across River Brahamputra in Purana Sadiya, Assam pic.twitter.com/rbUubURfXu— ANI (@ANI_news) May 26, 2017
PM Modi inaugurates Dhola - Sadia Bridge across River Brahamputra in Purana Sadiya, Assam-ANI
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He also announced that the government has decided toname the bridge after singer Bhupen Hazarika, who hailed fromSadia. "The bridge will not only save money, reduce travel timebut it comes as a foundation for the beginning of a neweconomic revolution. That's why the whole nation has its eyeson this bridge", Modi said here on third anniversary of hisgovernment.
"The shortening of distance by 165 km, reducing traveltime by 7-8 hours will open new doors to economicdevelopment", he said. The Rs 2,056 crore bridge is 3.55 km longer than theBandra-Worli Sea link.
He said, "The bridge will bring development to Assam andArunachal Pradesh. For fulfilling India's dream of becoming atop economically developed nation, a superpower, then theNorth Eastern region is the place to begin with", he said.
"If development is to be made permanent, theninfrastructure is the first requirement. It is on the twotracks of physical infrastructure and social infrastructurethat complete development is achieved," Modi said.
Referring to the Dhola-Sadiya bridge, the prime minister said, “This is one of the most important infrastructure projects in our nation.”
Now, the 9.15-km-long bridge has reduced the travel time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh from six hours to just one hour as the distance will shrink by 165 kms.
Modi also congratulated Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonwal and his government for completing one year in office.
“Congrats to @BJP4Assam Government under @sarbanandsonwal for completing a year in office & undertaking remarkable development initiatives,” he tweeted.
“I am also happy on the support towards @BJP4India across the Northeast. We are committed to serving the region & enhancing its progress,” the prime minister added.