Sadiya (Assam): The surface communication network in the north eastern region of the Indian sub continent received a huge boost when Narendra Modi opened the nation’s longest bridge over the Brahmaputra on Friday three years after he took as the Prime Minister.
Modi, who is on a day long visit to the north eastern province in the morning left straight to Sadiya to open the 9 15 km bridge that boosts surface communication with Arunachal Pradesh bordering China.
Flanked by Assam governor B. L Purohit, Assam chief minister Sarbanabda Sonowal and union surface transport minister Nitin Gadkari, Modi opened the bridge that reduced the distance between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
“All eyes were fixed when Modiji walked alone for a while on the bridge immediately after he dedicated it to the nation,” said Kutu Das, a country boy who along with around 60,000 people witnessed the historic event in the state.
Laxman Saikia, a local BJP leader said,” Modiji will always stand tall as he is blessed to open the bridge. Isn't it a landmark achievement of the NDA government at the Centre?”
Robijit Kutum, a Congress worker who was there to catch a glimpse of the event called it an achievement of the erstwhile UPA government who translated the huge dream into reality.
“I don’t understand why these BJP people in rank and file never take the name of Manmohan Singh and Tarun Gogoi who started the bridge,”said Kutum.
The then prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone of the Rs 950 crore bridge over the mighty river in 2011 which originates in China flowing across Assam before forcefully entering to Bangladesh en route to the Bay of Bengal.
After the ceremony Modi left for Gogamukh in Dhemaji district to lay the foundation stone of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in the tribal dominated area bordering Arunachal Pradesh.
This would be followed by his visit to Changsari in the afternoon to lay the foundation stone of the proposed AIIMS in the outskirts of Guwahati.
Just before returning to New Delhi, Modi will address the nation on the third anniversary of his government at a huge rally in the capital city of Guwahati.