By Nava Thakuria
GUWAHATI, Assam, 17 May 2017
Maintaining development spree in northeast India, which is in south of Tibet, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate India’s longest bridge on 26 May.
Constructed at the cost of 950 crore rupees, Dhola-Sadiya bridge over Lohit, a major tributary of Brahmaputra river, is expected to change the lives of thousand families in Arunachal Pradesh along with the defence perspective of India.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had already taken personal initiatives to look into the matter of successful inauguration of the bridge, which is termed as Asia’s longest structure over a river. The 9.16 km bridge, longer than the Bandra-Worli sea link in Mumbai, is shown as the Bharatiya Janata Party led government’s realization on the third year of PM Modi and first anniversary of Sonowal government at Dispur.
Expressing the view that the bridge would fulfill a long felt need by improving communication link between the people of Sadiya and eastern part of Arunachal, Sonowal directed the construction company (Navayuga Engineering Co Ltd) to complete all works on time.
He also appreciated the Navayuga Engineering for extending a great service to the nation as the bridge would not only ease hardship of the people of Sadia but would also fulfill a vital requirement in terms of country’s defence perspective considering the fact that Arunachal shares boundary with Tibet, now occupied by China.
The bridge, situated at a distance of only 100 km from the McMahon Line separating India with Tibet, is expected to help moving 60 ton battle tanks with troops over it.
The locality in southern Arunachal was occupied by the Chinese forces along with few areas of Assam in 1962 Indo-China war before they were chased away by New Delhi with the help of the then nuclear power America’s moral support.