The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, inaugurated Friday India’s longest bridge – the 9.15 km long Dhola-Sadiya bridge, over the River Brahmaputra, in Assam.
This was his first engagement on the third anniversary of his swearing-in as Prime Minister. The bridge will enhance connectivity and greatly reduce travel time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
After unveiling a plaque to mark the inauguration, Modi travelled, and walked on the bridge for a few minutes. Later, addressing a public meeting at Dhola, he said that the inauguration of the bridge marks the end of a long wait for the people of this area.
Modi said infrastructure is extremely important for development, and the effort of the Union Government is to fulfill the dreams and wishes of the people.
He said this bridge enhances connectivity between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, and opens the door for economic development, on a big scale.
Further, Modi said the eastern and north-eastern parts of the country have the greatest potential for economic development, and this bridge is just one element of the Union Government’s vision in this regard.
He also spoke of the immense tourism potential of the North-East, adding that the Union Government has decided to name the Dhola-Sadiya bridge after the great musician, lyricist and poet, Bhupen Hazarika.
Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau
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