Tahlka News Bureau
Guwathi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India's longest river bridge in Assam on the occasion of marking three years in power, on Friday. The Doha-Sadiya bridge covers the vast Brahmaputra River in the northern state of Assam.
The 9.15 km (5.7 mile) Dhola –Sadiya bridge is strong enough to carry 60-tonne battle tank, will reduce travel tile from Assam to the frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh whose territory is partly claimed by China.
"The inauguration of the bridge marks the end of a long wait for the people oh this area," Modi's office quoted him as saying in a speech, adding the bridge "opens the door for the economic development on a big scale".
Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had a massive victory in the 2014 and has since been popular among the masses. The party also maintained popularity in Uttar Pradesh, India's most popular state, in a recent state election and is now looking forward to win re-elections in 2019.
The 66-uyear-old Prime Minister also called for attracting foreign tourists from across the world over to the Northeast. "By crating better infrastructure we are not only connecting the Northeast to various concerns of the country, but also facilitating to the region from all over. If lakhs of people start coming to see the Kmakhya Temple, Kohima and other tourists spots here, it will give a huge boost to the reigon's economy and make it a major tourist hub of the country. After all, the Northeast is today's our biggest natural resource to attract tourists from all over the world."