Road connectivity in the North-East will see a major transformation when Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates the country’s longest river bridge –the Dhola- Sadiya Bridge in Assam today, May 26, 2017.
This new, three lane, 9.15 kilometre bridge has been built over river Lohit, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, linking Dhola in Assam to Sadiya in Arunachal Pradesh, covering the huge connectivity gap that has existed in the region. Only ferry services were the major source of transportation on this route till now, if floods are not affecting it. The last bridge over the Brahmaputra was the Kalia Bhomora Bridge at Tejpur.
With the Dhola-Sadiya bridge ensuring 24X7 connectivity between upper Assam and Eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh, it will reduce the distance from Rupai on NH- 37 in Assam to Meka/Roing on NH-52 in Arunachal Pradesh by 165 KM. The travel time between the two places will come down from the current six hours to just one hour – a total five hour reduction. This will result in saving of petrol and diesel worth Rs 10 Lakh per day.
The Dhola-Sadiya bridge promises to usher in prosperity in the North-East, providing an efficient road connectivity to the region and also make the mainland access the interiors of the region easily. It will also cater to the strategic and defence requirements of the country in the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh, which shares border with China. It also facilitates future hydro power projects in the state, as it is the most sought after route for various power project developers.
The total length of the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge project, including the approach roads on each side, is 28.50 km. The length of the bridge itself is 9.15 Km. It has been constructed on BOT Annuity basis at a total cost of Rs 2,056 crore, as part of the Arunachal Package of Roads and Highways under the Ministry’s SARDP-NE.