1. The Dhola-Sadiya Bridge is built over the river Lohit, which is a tributary of the Brahmaputra.
2. The total length of the three-lane Dhola-Sadiya bridge project, including the approach roads on each side, is 28.50 km.
The length of the bridge itself is 9.15km.
3. The bridge ensures connectivity 24×7 between upper Assam and the eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh.
It also reduces the distance from Rupai (NH-37) in Assam to Meka/Roing (NH-52) in Arunachal Pradesh by 165km, cutting down the travel time from six hours to just one hour.
4. This iconic bridge was inaugurated on May 26 as BJP government completed its three years of governance.
On this occasion, PM Modi said, “You have been waiting for this bridge for the last five decades, today you have got it. And if (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee had been re-elected in 2004, this bridge would have been ready 10 yrs ago.”
5. The bridge is capable of bearing the weight of a 60-tonne battle tank.
Also, the bridge is 3.55 kilometers longer than the Bandra-Worli sea link over the Mahim Bay in Mumbai, the second longest bridge in India.
6. PM Modi has named this bridge as Bhupen Hazarika Bridge.
Bhupen Hazarika was a legendary Indian playback singer, lyricist, musician, singer, poet and film-maker from Assam.
7. It will improve the movement of civilian and military vehicles to strategic locations.
It will also reduce the time it takes the armed forces to reach the border in Dibang and Anjaw. This journey currently takes about two days.
PM Modi at the newly inaugurated Dhola – Sadia Bridge across River Brahamputra in Purana Sadiya, Assam pic.twitter.com/rbUubURfXu
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8. The government claims that this project will result in saving of petrol and diesel worth Rs 10 lakh per day.
9. The government also said it will also facilitate numerous hydropower projects coming up in the state, as it is the most sought-after route for various power project developers.
10. The whole project is constructed at a total cost of Rs 2,056 crore.