As the Friday marks the third anniversary of Modi government, PM Modi inaugurated the country’s longest bridge Dhola-Sadiya, situated in Arunachal Pradesh, with some of other projects aimed at the development of North East region. This bridge is believed to improve the road connectivity between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal whose government completed a year in office two days ago invited the PM Modi to inaugurate the longest bridge.
The Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari was also present during the inauguration of the bridge. Talking about the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge, PM Modi earlier said, “This is one of the most important infrastructure projects in our nation.” It is estimated that the bridge will cost around 10,000 crores and this 9.15 km long will bridge will cut off the travel time between Arunachal Pradesh and Assam from six hours to just 1 hour, reducing more than 160 km distance. Under the UPA government, construction of the bridge began in 2011 and the original target of completion was December 2015. Capable of bearing the weight of 60-tonne battle tank, this 9.15 km bridge is nearly two-thirds longer than the Bandra-Worli Sea Link (5.6km). This bridge will also improve the movement of civilian and military vehicles to strategic locations to Anini in Arunachal Pradesh, which is about 100km from India’s border with China. This will also reduce the time it takes for the armed forces to reach the border in Dibang and Anjaw, which currently takes about two days.
After that, PM Modi is scheduled to address a public rally where he’s going to talk about his 3-year’s achievements and developments of the government. The PM Modi was received by the Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at the Mohanbari Airport in Dibrugarh. Earlier, PM Modi congratulated Assam’s BJP Chief Minister through tweeting on the completion of the first year in government in the state. Soon after a public rally, PM Modi is also expected to launch two other projects, in one of it, Modi will lay the foundation stone for an Indian Agricultural Research Institute in Assam’s Dhemaji district. After this, PM Modi is expected to leave for Guwahati where he’s going to lay the foundation stone for an All India Institute of Medical Sciences, which is going to be a very first institute in the Northeast, the ANI reported.
On the other hand, the Congress party has criticized the BJP party for capturing the project. The Former Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi alleged on Wednesday that he was not being allowed to visit the site. “They did not allow me to go to the bridge saying that it is because of security concerns and law and order issues. Am I a terrorist? Will I break the laws? Why are they not allowing me to visit the bridge?” questioned Gogoi, who enjoys the Z Plus security, as the PTI reported. He said that the Congress government laid the foundation, carried out the construction and completion of the bridge on the Brahmaputra River while now BJP is taking all the credit through inaugurating it with such a big sensationalism. “It is like we planted a tree, nurtured it, but now they are eating the fruits. Let them. But can’t I even come and see my tree?” asked Gogoi.