India’s Longest Bridge across the Lohit River inaugurated
India's longest bridge is 30% longer than the Bandra Worli Sea Link and will allow travel between Assam to Arunachal Pradesh in just 1 hour.
Inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, Dhola Sadiya bridge will turn around means of connectivity between Assam and eastern parts of Arunachal Pradesh. It is built across the Lohit river which is one of the tributaries of the mighty Brahmaputra river. It connects Dhola village with that of Sadiya town which is the birthplace of Bhupen Hazarika and it is in tribute to this legendary singer that it receives its name.
Constructed as part of the Arunachal Pradesh Package of Roads and Highways (Arunachal Package) – on a build, operate and transfer basis under Ministry Special Accelerated Road Development Program for North East, the bridge has three lanes, is 9.15 kms long and is considered to be an architectural marvel. If taking into account approach roads, the total length of project road is at 28.5 kms thus making it the longest bridge in the country.
The bridge between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh which will operate on a 24×7 basis, will cut down travel time between the two regions from 6 hours to 1 hour reducing distance by 165 kms. This in turn will save fuel to the extent of INR 10 lakhs per day. The bridge has been built at a cost of INR 2,056 crores and is able to withstand 60 tonnes of weight besides hefty military battle tanks.
The bridge is also earthquake proof and sports seismic buffers in each of its 182 piers. The bridge will also make it easier for Army convoys to travel to outposts near Chinese border and boost tourism via road, specially since there is no civilian airport in Arunachal Pradesh.
Below is a short video from the bridge inauguration, which explains the importance of this bridge.