The speed at which the Modi government is completing infrastructural marvels is truly astounding. Recently, Prime Minister Modi inaugurated a state-of-the-art tunnel in Kashmir, and now he’ll be in Assam inaugurating India’s longest river bridge on the 26th of May.
Other than these projects, the government will also build a structure taller than the Burj Khalifa in Mumbai, and the world’s longest rail bridge in Kashmir to facilitate tourism and troop movement.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, “The prime minister will dedicate the strategically important bridge to the nation on May 26. It will bolster the road connectivity in the Northeast as the bridge will be used by people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh besides defence forces extensively.”
What so Special about the Bridge?
The bridge is extremely crucial for defence purposes along the Sino-Indian border as itallows faster transportation of troops and vehicles. The design is such that the bridge can withstand the movement of military tanks.The bridge will allow quick movement of military troops and artillery in times of conflict.
It provides easy access to the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam with air and rail connectivity. The new bridge has been constructed over the Brahmaputra and is 9.15 km long which makes it 3.55 km longer that the Bandra-Worli sea link. The cost of the project is Rs 950 crore.
It will cut travel time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Since there is no civilian airport in Arunachal Pradesh, the bridge will help people to reach the nearest rail head in Tinsukia and the airport in Dibrugarh easily.
With the inauguration of this bridge, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will kick-start the celebrations of the NDA government’s three years in office.
This project shouldn’t just be seen as another infrastructure project. It is a huge boost to connectivity in the North-Eastern part of the country that remained out of focus when the UPA was at the centre.
Also, simply possessing modern weapons isn’t enough to win conflicts. Logistics is equally crucial. Until now, transportation ease for the armed forces in the North East was very poor giving China the edge. But since Narendra Modi has come to power, such strategic infrastructure projects have been taken up to benefit the armed forces.