PM Modi inaugurates India's longest river bridge in Assam, names it after Bhupen Hazarika

PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi (PHOTO: Twitter)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated India’s longest 9.15-km Dhola-Sadiya bridge in Assam.

"We are naming the bridge after Bhupen Hazarika," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after inaugurating the bridge. 

Accompanied by Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari, PM Modi on Friday morning reached Assam and was received by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Governor Banwarilal Purohit at the airport.

Built at a cost of about Rs.2,056 crore, the bridge will ensure 24X7 connectivity between Assam and eastern part of Arunachal and it would also reduce the distance from Rupai on NH 37 in Assam to Meka/Roing on NH 52 in Arunachal by 165 km.

PM Modi termed Dhola-Sadiya Bridge as one of the most important infrastructure projects of the nation.

The inauguration of the strategically important Dhola-Sadia Bridge also marks the completion of three years of the Modi government.

After leading BJP to a resounding victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, he was sworn-in as the prime minister on May 26.

The central government is banking big on the bridge to transform the road connectivity in the Northeast.

(With inputs from agencies)