Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 26 May 2017 inaugurated India's longest river bridge- the Dhola- Sadiya Bridge in Assam.
This three lane 9.15 kilometre bridge has been built over river Lohit, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, that links Dhola to Sadiya in Assam.
Highlights of the Dhola-Sadiya bridge
• The total length of the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge project, including the approach roads on each side, is 28.50 km. The length of the bridge itself is 9.15 Km.
• It was constructed on BOT Annuity basis at a total cost of Rs 2056 crore, as a part of the Arunachal Package of Roads and Highways.
• It will ensure 24X7 connectivity between upper Assam and Eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh.
• The bridge will reduce the distance from Rupai on NH- 37 in Assam to Meka/Roing on NH-52 in Arunachal Pradesh by 165 KM.
• The travel time between the two places will come down from the current six hours to just one hour. This will result in saving of petrol and diesel worth Rs 10 Lakh per day.
• It will provide efficient road connectivity to remote and backward areas which have poor road infrastructure.
• This bridge will also give a major boost to overall economic development of the areas north of Brahmaputra in upper Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
The bridge is expected to fill a huge connectivity gap that has existed in the region. Till now, the only means to cross the Brahmaputra at this location was by ferry only in day-time and even this was not possible during floods.
It will also cater to the strategic requirements of the country in the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh, besides facilitating numerous hydro power projects coming up in the state.
The last bridge that was built over the Brahmaputra was the Kalia Bhomora Bridge at Tejpur.
When: 26 May 2017