Defence News: Dibrugarh(Assam)- India can now send tanks across the Brahmaputra towards china with ease, besides troops, supplies and civil transport. India’s longest bridge, 3.55 KM longer than the Bandra-Worli sea link, has been inaugurated near China border. The 9.15 Km long Dhola Sadiya bridge over the Brahmaputra is a symbol of India’s new resolve to strengthen infrastructure in the east. India is shoring up defences against the dragon, China has already cemented it’s own infrastructure on our borders.
China can swiftly transport troops, weapons and supplies right up to our borders in the east and north. Chinese troops can literally drive to their last posts near India while our troops have to take treks that last days to complete in some areas. This asymmetry needs to go, but because of tough mountainous terrain, it’s hard to accomplish.
A small yet strong step is the 9.15 Km long Dhola Sadiya bridge over the Brahmaputra. BRO keeps up with road building in Himalayan region , where lives are lost everyday building barely enough road length to justify the sacrifice, the terrain is the harshest of the worlds worst known. Work in chilly, rocky and landslide prone mountain side is fraught with risk and death. This bridge though is as much important to Assam as NH1 is to Kashmir if it ever came to war with China.
The construction of the bridge began in 2011 at a project cost of Rs 950 crore. The design is such that the bridge can withstand the movement of military tanks.
“Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have huge strategic value to the country. Since the bridge is located close to our border with China, it will help quick movement of military troops and artillery in times of conflict,” Assam chief minister Shri Sarabananda 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,” He told PTI
540 Km from Dispur and 300 KM from Itabagar, the Chinese air distance is barely 100 KM from this new project. All this while water transport through boats was the only option, Now this last bridge over Brahmaputra will speed up travel time between Assam and Arunachal pradesh by almost four hours. Arunachal Pradesh, not having a civil airport will greatly benefit as Dibrugarh airport will be easier to reach.
Construction was accelerated when Prime Minister Narendra Modi govt. expedited the project. The bridge was to be open in 2015 but was running behind schedule. The project is executed under Ministry of road transport and highways in the northeast on the public-private partnership model.
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