By mid-2017, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh will have much better road connectivity. The Dhola-Sadiya bridge on Brahmaputra, which will be the longest bridge in India when completed, will cut down the travel time between the two states by four hours. The initiative is one step closer to completion, as the road ministry has given clearance to provide compensation to property owners in order to get the land for the two-kilometre stretch of road leading up to the bridge from Sadiya, Assam.
The 9.15-kilometer bridge will be 3.55 kilometers longer than the Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai making it the longest bridge in India. The Rs 938-crore project will be crucial for defense purposes as it will make it easier for the armed forces to enter Arunachal Pradesh through Assam.
At present, the Army has to cross over to Arunachal Pradesh via Tezpur which takes two days, as there is no direct access near Tinsukia. With the Dhola-Sadiya bridge becoming operational, connectivity will be significantly improved. The bridge is also being prepared for army tanks to pass over it.
Source : India Today