The ‘Dhola-Sadiya Bridge’ on Brahmaputra, the longest bridge in India will cut down travel time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh by four hours.
It is said that the longest bridge in India will be operational by mid-2017. The 9.15 kilometre bridge will be 3.55 kilometres longer than the Bandra Worli Sea Link in Mumbai, Maharashtra making it the longest bridge in India.
The Rs 938-crore project will be crucial for defence purposes as it will make it easier for the armed forces to enter Arunachal Pradesh through Assam.
The longest bridge in India is also being strengthened for the passage of army tanks. At present, there is no bridge fortified for the passage of tanks around Tinsukia from where troops can cross over to Arunachal Pradesh. Moreover, it will cut time for the armed forces to reach the border in Dibang and Anjaw via Tezpur, which takes two days (about 186 km from Guwahati) now.
Given the poor condition of the existing roads and China extending its air strips on its side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), this will be a crucial development from the defence point of view.
The construction of India’s longest bridge in Assam was approved as a part of Rs 24,000 crore Arunachal Pradesh package to improve road connectivity in the border state. The 2-lane bridge project (25.8 km) had started in November 2010.
Compensation to Land Owners
The initiative is one step closer to completion, as the road ministry has given clearance to provide compensation to property owners in order to get the land for the two-kilometre stretch of road leading up to the bridge from Sadiya, Assam.