Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India's longest bridge on May 26, 2017.
Earlier, it took nearly six hours to travel from Assam to Arunachal Pradesh by road. This bridge called the Dhola-Sadia is the longest bridge in India and reduces the traveling time to a mere one hour. It starts from Dhola in Assam and goes up to Sadia in Arunachal Pradesh.
This project was sanctioned by UPA government in 2011 when Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister. However, it could not be completed as the project was lost in bureaucratic wrangle.
With just three years in power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government ensured that the construction gets completed.
Dhola-Sadia bridge is longer than the most talked about Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai.
The bridge will help Indians from across the country to discover the rich biodiversity, culture and heritage sites of north east India, which were difficult to access earlier.
Read on to know about it.
It is built over Lohit river, a tributary of the Brahmaputra. The bridge is located in Sadia, Assam, which is 540 kilometres from Guwahati. Its other end - Dhola - is located 300 kilometres from Itanagar, which is the capital of Arunachal Pradesh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the bridge. The union government had sanctioned Rs 15,000 crore in 2015 to improve road connectivity across India.
It is the longest constructed bridge in India having a length of 9.2 kilometres, which is nearly three kilometres longer than the most talked about Bandra- Worli Sea Link situated in Mumbai.
The bridge has been designed to withstand the weight upto 60 tonnes. Built with perfection, its passes through farms, forests, and hillocks.
The bridge will help to transport arms and ammunition along the border areas besides improving the connectivity. It will make road travel easy and fast.
The cost of the project is about Rs 950 crore. A look at the bridge indicates that government has put the taxpayers' money to good use.
"The bridge will bolster the road connectivity in the north-east as the bridge will be used by people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh besides defence forces extensively," Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal told PTI.
The bridge is expected to change things for better. PM Narendra Modi had said in one of his speeches, "Railways in the northeast haven't received as much attention as it should have. Due to connectivity problems, many Indians are unaware of how beautiful this place is. If we can make this a tourist hub, the economy of this region will benefit a lot."