Historic moment for North East development, first freight train runs on Bogibeel Bridge, India’s longest road-cum-rail bridge!

The northe east development was one of the most challenging jobs that was taken by Modi government. The North east which was neglected for almost 60 years by Congress and Communist government had never seen development till now. Many parts of the North East had become victim of Maoist activity with uncontrollable anti National activity.

This was misused by countries like China and Pakistan using our soil for terror activities and funded the Maoists and Naxals encouraging them to destabilize India. The left and Congress deliberately disconnected the East India with other parts and deprived them of every basic facility. Schools, Hospitals, road and railways were something the North East people never got to saw. After the Modi Government came to power in 2014, under the Government “Act East Policy” the first thing he did was to improve the connectivity between North East and rest of India. This helped people gain jobs, created employment opportunity in railways and road ways and gave access to other parts. He encouraged tourism industry which became a major jolt to Maoists and Naxals.

The Narendra Modi Government has taken all the necessary steps like rail connectivity, roads, air connectivity, electricity to boost the regional economy. The Government has consequently made the advancements in the budget for the North Eastern States. By developing every sector Modi Government has transformed the North East into new centre of excellence

A special scheme ‘North-East Road Development Scheme’ has also been launched to take care of the neglected roads of the region. ‘Hill Area Development Program’ has also been conducted by the Government with the first one being conducted in the area of Imphal.

The “Special Accelerated Road Development Program” has also been started with the investment of around 60,000 crore for the purpose of linking state capitals with 2/4 lanes and upgrading national highways and providing 2-lane road connectivity to cities of 88 districts of North Eastern region.

On May 26, 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted the country its longest bridge in the form of Bhupen Hazarika Bridge or Dhola-Sadia Bridge. This 9.15 km (5.69 miles) long bridge crosses the Lohit river.

Fourteen (14) power projects have already been completed by North East Council and 10 new power projects have been started in North Eastern Region during the last three years in power sector. A total of 16 hydro power projects are in different stages of construction.

The approval of Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited, the Numaligarh Refinery Limited, North-East BPO Promotion Scheme under the Digital India programme.

A scheme of 60,000 crores named “Sampada” has been launched’. Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) in Assam has been established.

For the upgradation of Airports Rs 3400 crore has been approved by the Government. Apart from that projects worth Rs 934 crore has been already completed by the Government while the target is to complete the remaining in 2-3 years.

Apart from all this, now the Railway ministry has proudly said that first ever freight train ran on Bogibeel Bridge, India’s longest road-cum-rail bridge with a phenomenal stretch of 4.94 kilometres, connecting Assam with Arunachal Pradesh.

This was informed by the dynamic minister Piyush Goyal himself.

The bridge is said to be the second longest in Asia which is 4.94-km-long and 32 metres above the water level of the Brahmaputra. It has three-lane roads on top and a double line rail in the lower section.

With this massive improvement North East will definitely give a tough competition to many other metro cities. Definitely these initiatives of PM Modi needs to be applauded and appreciated as the drastic change has come in a span of just 4 years.

Power Punch