PM to inaugurate Asia’s longest bridge
Author: Desk May 25, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Friday inaugurate the Asia’s longest bridge in Assam.
The Dhola-Sadiya Bridge, capable of withstanding the weight of a 60-tonne battle tank, will improve the movement of civilian and military vehicles to strategic locations up to Anini in Arunachal Pradesh.
Anini is barely 100km from China border. The bridge is 3.55 km longer than the Bandra-Worli sea link in Mumbai, making it the longest bridge in India.
While the inauguration of the 9.15km bridge by Prime Minister Narendra Modi just before the monsoon is being seen as a big gift to the people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, who either take a long detour to cross the river or spend over four hours crossing the mighty Bramhaputra in a ferry, it has huge strategic importance as well.
At present, there is no bridge fortified for passage of tanks around Tinsukia from where troops can cross over to Arunachal Pradesh. The Bridge is one of the key projects of the ministry of road transport and highways in the Northeastern region.