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Three years of Narendra Modi government: Assam gets Bhupen Hazarika bridge, PM promises economic revolution in Northeast

Three years of Modi government was particularly special for people in Assam as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India's longest bridge that connects northeastern states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

BT Online        Last Updated: May 26, 2017  | 17:43 IST
Three years of Narendra Modi government: Assam gets Bhupen Hazarika bridge, PM promises economic revolution in Northeast

Three years of Modi government was particularly special for people in Assam as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India's longest bridge that connects northeastern states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Locally known as the Dhola-Sadiya bridge, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the government of India had decided to name the bridge after legendary Assamese musician Bhupen Hazarika. Modi said that the three-lane, 9.15 kilometre bridge would be called Bhupen Hazarika bridge.  

Bhupen Hazarika who passed away in November 2011 was a legendary Assamese folk singer who made a mark in the Indian film industry too. Many of his songs delved on humanity and universal brotherhood. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan for his achievements 2001. He had also received the Padmashri in 1997. He was felicitated with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's highest award in cinema, in 1992.

 

The Bhupen Hazarika Bridge holds a lot of significance for India as it plays an important strategic and geopolitical role. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government was making all possible efforts to develop the northeastern parts of India. He emphasised on the recent rail lines and transport facilities that were developed in north east. Prime Minister Modi also said that the bridge would be a boon for villagers who were dependent on agriculture. He highlighted the top quality ginger that grew in the region which could now be transported easily thanks to the Bhupen Hazarika bridge.

The prime minister also said that had the BJP government won the General Assembly Elections in 2004 and Atal Bihari Vajpayee renominated as the Prime Minister, India's longest bridge in Assam would have been completed 10 years ago. He said that the bridge would bring 24/7 connectivity to the people in region who were earlier dependent on ferries to cross the Brahmaputra rive and had to constantly worry about the weather. He said that the bridge would initiate an economic revolution in Assam and  the northeast.

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