By Sourabh Mishra
Asia’s longest bridge over Brahmaputra will be ready only in 7 months. The strategic Dhola-Sadiya bridge on great river Brahmaputra that will reduce travel time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh by 4 hours, is about to be opened to traffic before coming monsoon season. The road ministry has approved compensation to property owners to get the required land for building this 2km approach road on Sadiya side for the project. Once this Rs 938 Cr. two-lane project is completed, it will be Asia’s longest bridge.
Asia’s longest bridge over Brahmaputra will also be crucial for defence purposes. The bridge will also be strengthened for the passage of heavy military tanks. At present, there is no bridge fortified for passage of military tanks around Tinsukia from where troops can cross over to Arunachal Pradesh. Moreover, Asia’s longest bridge over Brahmaputra will also reduce time for the forces to reach the border in Dibang and Anjaw via Tezpur, which takes almost 2 days and is about 186 km from Guwahati.
This bridge connectivity is also important as Arunachal Pradesh does not have a single operational airport and with China building air strips on its side of the LAC it will come as a shot in the arm for the military.