IBEF: May 15, 2017
Dibrugarh: Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi, will inaugurate the longest river bridge in India, called 'Dhola-Sadiya' bridge, that is built over the Brahmaputra river in Assam near the China border, with a length of 9.15 km, on May 26, 2017. The bridge can hold the weight of a 60-tonne battle tank and will enable easy movement of military troops due to its proximity to the China border, thereby strengthening India's defence needs along the Shino-Indian border. The bridge will also provide quick access to the people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, as it will reduce the travel time between the two states by about four hours. In the absence of a civilian airport in Arunachal Pradesh, this bridge will enable people from this state to go to the closest rail head in Tinsukia as well as the airport in Dibrugarh. The bridge is 540 km from Dispur, the capital of Assam, 300 km from Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh and less than 100 km aerial distance from the China border.
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