India’s longest bridge is now ready for the world to witness its glimpse. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sarbananda Sonwal, Chief Minister of Assam, inaugurated the Dhola-Sadiya bridge on Friday.
We bring it to you some fascinating facts about the Dhola-Sadiya bridge:
1. The bridge, with a length of 9.15 km and width of 12.9 mt, connects the village of Dhola in the south to Sadiya to the north.
2. The Dhola Sadiya Bridge is expected to reduce travel time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh by up to four hours.
3. Spanning over the Lohit River, a major tributary of Brahmaputra, the bridge will be especially useful for the army. The bridge has been designed to handle the weight of 60-tonne (130,000-pound) tanks such as the Indian Army’s Arjun and T-72 main battle tanks.
4. The construction of the bridge finally began in 2010 and has been reportedly built at a cost of ₹2,096 crore.
5. The bridge is slated to be named Bhupen Hazarika Setu, as a tribute to the legendary music director, poet, and lyricist, Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, who hailed from the town of Sadiya.
6. Connecting people located even in the farthest regions of Arunachal, the bridge will help them reach Dibrugarh airport or the Tinsukia railway station up to five hours faster
7. Considering the geographical vulnerabilities of the North East, being a high-seismic locale, the scaffold was constructed utilizing best in class equipment, including imported water driven apparatuses, and gave seismic supports in all its 182 docks.
8. The Bridge is longer than Bandra –Worli Sea link by 3.55km.
9. It is built on the public-private partnership model. The construction began six years ago in 2011.
10. The PSU has supplied around 90% or around 30,000 tons of steel, including TMT, structurals, and plates, for the bridge.