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Last 3 years have transformed people's lives: PM Modi

Last 3 years have transformed people's lives: PM Modi

The bridge cuts the distance between Rupai on NH-37 in Assam to Meka or Roing on NH-52 in Arunachal Pradesh by 165 km, limiting the travel time to just one hour.

Construction of the Dhola Sadiya bridge began in 2011.

Guwahati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday vowed to continue with the tirade against "benami" property under any circumstances and at any cost so that the resources recovered could be utilized for the benefit of the poor.

" The bridge has been named after celebrated Assamese musician, poet and lyricist, Bhupen Hazarika".

Noting there was a paradigm shift in the "scale of thought" about how the country should be governed, Shah said the Modi government has decided no village will remain unelectrified, no house without a toilet and no home sans LPG connection by 2024.

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Highlighting the potentials of Northeast, which is rich in natural resources and bio-diversity, the PM said the NE (Northeast) meant the "New Engine". Had Atalji won the elections in 2004 again, the bridge would have been completed ten years back, ” Modi said. The 66-year-old prime minister has made upgrading India's infrastructure a priority, also setting up a ministry to develop India's remote northeast beyond the so-called Chicken's Neck - a narrow strip of territory around Bangladesh. "If they take to organic ginger farming, a global market will open up to them". "And if (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee had been re-elected in 2004, this bridge would have been ready 10 yrs ago".

Stating that Hazarika was born in the region (in Assam's Sadiya), the Patriotic People's Front Assam (PPFA) had recently issued a statement saying that the "cultural icon can be identified as a man of assimilation, who connected various big and small communities of the region like a golden thread". "Within one year of BJP's rule in Assam, the state has managed to get rid of a lot of problems", Modi said.

The government plans to spend money on projects including power, optical fibre network structures, road and railways to ensure that the north-east is connected with all parts of India. He said the work for three more bridges over the Brahmaputra river would be started soon. It will open up doors for economic development.

The Prime Minister arrived in Dibrugarh Airport with Union Minister of Roads and National Highways Nitin Gadkari and headed straight to Dhola accompanied by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Governor Banwarilal Purohit. The length of the bridge, including viaducts, is 9.15 km with 7.3 km approach road from the Dhola side and 12.5 km from Sadia side.

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