Concrete steps have transformed lives of people, says PM Modi

Concrete steps have transformed lives of people, says PM Modi

The 9.15 km (5.7 mile) Dhola-Sadiya Bridge, strong enough to carry a 60-ton battle tank, will reduce travel times by around five hours from Assam to the frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh whose territory is partly claimed by China.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the demonetisation drive was a "tough decision" to take in view of the opposition parties' constant efforts to turn people against it.

Construction of the Dhola Sadiya bridge began in 2011.

After inaugurating the bridge, Modi was scheduled to lay the foundation stone of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute at Gogamukh.

Marking three years of the BJP-led central government, Modi named the bridge - built over Brahmaputra tributary Lohit and linking Dhola in Assam to Sadiya in Arunachal - after music maestro late Bhupen Hazarika.

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.

Addressing a public rally in Guwahati, Modi said farmers were crucial to his vision of a new India where no area will remain undeveloped.

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The Prime Minister said infrastructure is extremely important for development, and the effort of the Union Government is to fulfil the dreams and wishes of the people.

Modi's choice of Assam to mark three years of the NDA government is being seen as the BJP's push to control the region where it is in power in four states.

Modi said the IARI would not only help the people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh but can change the entire country's rural economy.

Speaking on the BJP's one year rule in the state Prime Minister Modi said that within one year of party's rule in Assam, the state got rid of a lot of problems.

Pointing out the huge possibility of organic farming in the northeast, the Prime Minister said there is a global market for organic produce.

It is 3.55 kilometers or 2.21 miles longer than the Bandra Worli Sea Link in Mumbai, making it the longest bridge in India above water. Yesterday PM Modi said that he would be in Assam on Friday to take part in various programmes.

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. The total length of the three-lane Dhola-Sadiya bridge project, including the approach roads on each side, is 28.50 km.

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