Modi, marking three years in power, opens India's longest bridge

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the country's longest bridge over the River Lohit in Assam and said it will serve as a foundation for a new economic revolution and help India in its efforts to become a superpower.

Addressing a public rally in Guwahati, Modi said farmers were crucial to his vision of a new India where no area will remain undeveloped.

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.

Apart from reducing the distance between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh by 165km, the 9.15km bridge has also been created to facilitate the movement of battle tanks.

May 26: Sixteen kilometres from Sadiya, where Assam's master balladeer was born, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today named the country's longest bridge, one that now brings the two banks and their people closer by four hours, after him.

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The bridge will fill a huge connectivity gap that existed in the region. This group, which includes countries such as Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal, emphasizes on technological and economic co-operation among member countries, said strategic affairs expert Alok Bansal.

"I know we will have to pay the price for this, I am ready to pay any price, but I will not go back on my promise to the people", Modi said, adding that the people of India wanted honesty.

"On May 29, 2003, the then MLA Jagdish Bhuyan had written a letter to Prime Minister Vajpayee, requesting the construction of the bridge".

For the Kisan Sampada programme, the government will provide seed capital of Rs 6,000 crore, and this will generate Rs Rs 1 lakh crore of business, he said.

"When the economy is in shambles, 35 farmers are committing suicide daily and unemployment is rising, this government is spending Rs 2,000 crore on celebrations of its three years", he said.

Union Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari, in his address earlier, said that development of the northeast region was the top priority of the BJP-led NDA government. Though, the bridge will be a boon to Indian Army, ironically, it will also create unemployment for Boatmen who use to ferry the army & locals on daily basis.

"Northeast has the potential to fulfill our dream of taking India to newer heights of development".

Besides the Chief Minister and Governor, several other dignitaries were present at the Dibrugarh airport to receive the Prime Minister.

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