Here are 10 points that you should know about the India’s longest bridge.
India’s longest bridge in Guwahati will probably be initiated by this time in the coming years as it reaches its final stage of construction. It will be inaugurated by honourable Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, as invite was already sent to him this week by the Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal. Last year, the BJP won Assam from Congress and became the first of the eight north-eastern states to be controlled by the party.
Here are 10 highlights of the bridge that is in the final stages of construction:
- The name of the bridge is Dhola-Sadiya Bridge which is being built over the Lohit River, a tributary of the Brahmaputra.
- This bridge is located in Sadia, Assam. This is about 540 Kilometres from the state capital of Guwahati. Its other end is in Dhola, which is 300 Kilometres from Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal.
- It is approximately over nine kilometres long bridge that is nearly 30 percent longer that the famous Bandra-Worli Sealink in Mumbai.
- Once the bridge will get open, it will reduce the travel time up to four hours between Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. There is no operational airport in Arunachal Pradesh.
- In 2011, the construction had begun when the congress was ruling in Assam. About 950 crore is the amount sanctioned for the bridge.
- Till now, there is small road connectivity between Assam and Arunachal. Boat is the only route for the people to travel Assam to Arunachal Pradesh.
- With the help of bridge, military will be able to enter Arunachal Pradesh, which borders China, much more easily and quickly. Its strategic importance for the military is huge.
- The bridge has been designed in a manner that it accommodate the movement of tanks
- Till now, there is no bridge is made in the region that is strong enough that allow the tanks to Tinsukia, from where troops usually enter Arunachal.
- Package of 15,000 crore has been sanctioned for the construction of this bridge by the centre in 2015 to improve road connectivity in the border state.