Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated Dhola-Sadiya bridge, the country’s longest bridge in Assam, reports said.
Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari was also present during the inauguration following which the Prime Minister’s convoy crossed the bridge.
The construction of the bridge began in 2011, and cost of the project was around Rs 950 crore.
The bridge cuts down the distance between Rupai on NH-37 in Assam to Meka or Roing on NH-52 in Arunachal Pradesh by 165 km reducing the travel time from six hours to just one hour.
At 9.15 km, the bridge is longer than the Bandra-Worli Sea Link (5.6 km) by nearly two-thirds.
Referring to the Dhola-Sadiya bridge, PM Modi had earlier said, “This is one of the most important infrastructure projects in our nation.”
During his visit, the Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone for two key projects – AIIMS and Indian Agriculture Research Institute.