Modi inaugurates India's longest river bridge

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-26 14:17:32|Editor: Zhou Xin
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NEW DELHI, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday inaugurated the country's longest river bridge, the Dhola-Sadia Bridge, in the northeastern state of Assam.

With Indian Highways and Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on his side, Modi threw open the 9.15-kilometet-long bridge in the state's Tinsukia district around 10.45 a.m. local time after which his motorcade travelled on it.

"I will be in Assam tomorrow to take part in various programs. I am eagerly awaiting this opportunity to interact with people of Assam," Modi tweeted Thursday night.

Launched a decade ago, the three-lane bridge that has been built over Lohit river, which is a tributary of the Brahmaputra river, is among a series of infrastructure projects which Modi has fast-tracked since assuming office after a landslide win in 2014 general elections.

With the northeastern India being a high-seismic region, the bridge was built using state-of-the-art equipment, including imported hydraulic rigs, and seismic buffers have been provided in all its 182 piers, officials said Thursday.