India’s longest river bridge named as Dhola-Sadia Bridge was inaugurated yesterday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Assam.
Dhola-Sadia Bridge is named after Dadasaheb Phalke awardee and famous lyricist-singer Bhupen Hazarika who hailed from Sadiya.
Dhola-Sadia Bridge is now as named ‘Bhupen Hazarika Setu’ which ensures 24X7 connectivity.
Bearing in mind the requirement for quick mobility of artillery and troops to the Arunachal border, official sources have declared that the bridge is designed to accommodate tanks as well.
Here are 10 things to know about Dhola-Sadia Bridge:
1. The 9.15 km long bridge is built across the Lohit river, which is a tributary of the Brahmaputra.
2. It will connect Assam and eastern Arunachal Pradesh will reduce the travel time from 6 hours to just 1 hour and also reduces the distance by 165 km.
3. Approximately Rs 2,056 crore has been spent on the bridge.
4. Dhola-Sadia Bridge can withstand 60 tons of weight, including battle tanks.
5. This bridge connects Sadia town in Assam’s Tinsukia district with Dhola village in Arunachal Pradesh.
6. The total length of this project, including the approach roads on each side, is 28.50 km.
7. The bridge is located 540 km from Dispur, Assam’s capital and 300 km from Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh capital.
8. Dhola-Sadia Bridge is 3.55 km longer than the Mumbai’s Bandra-Worli sea link. The sea link has now become the second longest river bridge in the India.
9. The construction of the bridge started in the year 2011 by the Ministry of Road Transport along with Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd. under the public-private-partnership unison.
10. The bridge has a 3-lane carriageway, will also consider to the strategic needs of the India in the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh.
11. Apart from facilitating many hydropower projects coming up in the State, as it is the most sought after route for many power project developers.
12. Dhola-Sadia bridge will make it much simpler for Army fleets to reach outposts near the China border.
13. State-run “SAIL” is the largest supplier of steel for the India’s longest river bridge.
14. For the bridge, the PSU has supplied around 90% or approximately 30,000 tons of steel, including TMT, plates, and structurals.
15. This bridge is expected to boost tourism as there is no civilian airport in the state of Arunachal Pradesh and this will make the road transport smoother.
16. The bridge will hike the industrial investments with better border trade between the South Asian and Northeast countries.
This is how Dhola-Sadia bridge looks from the top!!
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