India’s longest bridge named after Bhupen Hazarika

PV International Desk : Inaugurating the longest 9.15 km bridge over a river in Assam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday made a veiled attack on the previous Congress-led UPA government, accusing it of delaying its construction even as he named the bridge after legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika.

“For five decades you people have been waiting for a bridge. That has now been inaugurated today (Friday),” Modi said while speaking after inaugurating the Dhola-Sadiya bridge over river Lohit, a tributary of river Brahmaputra — constructed at a cost of Rs 950 crore that will connect Assam with eastern Arunachal Pradesh.

The bridge will save travel of 165 km and time of six hours. The event marked completion of three years of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre.

“If Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji had returned to power in 2004, then you would have got this bridge 10 years ago,” he said.

He said the bridge would contribute to the development of the northeastern region.

“This bridge will bring about a new economic revolution,” the Prime Minister said.

He also said the government was working to make the region a hub of economic activity. “This region can play a huge role in connecting India to Southeast Asia,” Modi said.