Lata Mangeskar praises PM Modi for naming India's longest bridge after Hazarika

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During his visit to Assam on Friday, PM Modi said, "The NE will not be known as the North East anymore, but the New Engine - for the new engine which will drive India's economy forward".

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. "That's the reason why the region is in focus of our development initiatives", Modi said after inaugurating the bridge at Dhola. He said: "The bridge will bring development to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh". The party is hoping to oust the Congress in Meghalaya and the Left Front in Tripura, when the two states go to polls this year. So far, the only means of connectivity in the area was ferry services on Brahmaputra.

Massive quake, which occurred on 15 August, 1950 took away half of Sadiya town within days, when the Brahmaputra changed its course.

"The bridge will not only save money, reduce travel time but it comes as a foundation for the beginning of a new economic revolution". That's why the whole nation has its eyes on this bridge.

Several measures taken by the government, Modi said, have helped the right people get the benefits of pro-poor schemes.

Modi inaugurated the bridge by cutting a red ribbon and walking a few meters on it.

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Addressing a huge public rally in Gogamukh in Assam's Dhemaji district, on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, Modi said his government has decided on "Panch path" (Five Ways) for the overall development of northeastern states.

Approval for the bridge was given by the Union Cabinet in 2009 under the UPA government.

Since taking office in 2014, Modi's government has made upgrading infrastructure a priority to propel economic growth.

Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chouna Mein, Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain, State ministers Parimal Shukla Baidya, Pallablochan Das, MPs Pradan Baruah, Kamakhya Prasad Tasa and Rameswar Teli, Sadiya MLA Bolin Chetia and State Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia attended the bridge inauguration ceremony.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal told ANI, "It is a proud moment for the people of Assam, as Prime Minister Modi will address the nation from Assam as the BJP marks three years of the NDA government".

Former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had given the sanction for the bridge in 2004 but construction on the project, worth Rs 950 crore, could start in 2011 only.

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