A shot in the arm for infrastructure, India inaugurates its longest river bridge at a whopping cost of around Rs 2,056 crore. The 9.15-km Dhola-Sadiya bridge across the river Lohit is situated at the eastern tip of Assam and is a tributary of the river Brahmaputra. The bridge is around 3.55 km longer as compared to the Bandra-Worli Sea Link of Mumbai.
The bridge will connect Assam with eastern Arunachal Pradesh and is expected to reduce travel time between Arunachal Pradesh and Assam by 5 hours, bringing the previous 6 hours to 1 hour and reducing the distance by 165 km.
Around Rs 2,056 crore was invested in the Dhola-Sadiya bridge, whose construction started in 2011 by Ministry of Road Transport. The bridge can endure 60 ton weight, including battle tanks.
The river bridge would make it easier for the Indian Army to reach areas near the China border and the development surely has a strategic angle to it. The bridge, with a three-lane carriage way, would definitely ease India’s strategic requirements in border areas of Arunachal Pradesh and could facilitate several hydro-power projects scheduled for the state.
Tourism should also get a boost since there is an absence of a civilian airport in Arunachal Pradesh and road transport will get easier and smoother. The bridge should increase industrial activity and investments and improve border trade between the Northeast of India and other South Asian countries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the bridge.