Prime Minister Narendra Modi on friday inaugurated India’s longest 9.15-Km bridge connecting Assam and Arunachal Pradesh on the third anniversary of of his elected government. He said it is a step to make the North East region a trade hub for Southeast Asia.

The bridge built over Brahmaputra tributary Lohit and linking Dhola in Assam to Sadiya in Arunachal which Modi named after Dadasaheb Phalke awardee and legendary lyricist-singer late Bhupen Hazarika.

The bridge can bear the weight of a 60-tonne battle tank, providing a road-link to various strategic locations in the region and make civil and military logistics movement easier for Arunachal’s Anini, some 100 km from the China border. It is constructed at a cost of Rs 950 crore will also reduce travel time for the military supplies to reach the border areas.

 

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