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Modi, marking three years in power, opens India's longest bridge

India energy fossils Modi, marking three years in power, opens India's longest bridge
Johnnie Parks | 28 May, 2017, 01:54

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the country's longest bridge over the River Lohit in Assam and said it will serve as a foundation for a new economic revolution and help India in its efforts to become a superpower. The bridge will bring upper Assam closer to eastern Arunachal Pradesh and is estimated to reduce travel time by four hours.

It supplied around 30,000 tonnes of steel, including TMT, Structurals and Plates, for this bridge which will connect the states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced a food processing scheme, "Sampada" to integrate current and new schemes aimed at reducing food wastage and doubling farmers' income.

He said that the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge will usher economic change across the northeast region.

The BJP leader said India's self-confidence, pride and scale of ambition have grown manifold in three years of the Modi government.

Addressing the nation here on completion of third years in the office by the BJP-led government, Modi pledged to set up a "class less society" in the country where people from all walks of life would be living with dignity and dignity of labour would be respected most.

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Talking of a new India he wants to see, Modi said, "We have to build a new, developed India".

"Sikkim has already shown the way by becoming an organic state and if the seven other north-eastern states also follow in that direction, the region will become a global organic hub as there is huge market potential in this area", the prime minister said. "It is on the two tracks of physical infrastructure and social infrastructure that complete development is achieved", Modi said.

"If Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji had returned to power in 2004, then you would have got this bridge 10 years ago". He said the work for three more bridges over the Brahmaputra river would be started soon. He said that good connectivity in the North-East will also link the region with the economy of South-East Asia.

The Prime Minister arrived in Dibrugarh Airport with Union Minister of Roads and National Highways Nitin Gadkari and headed straight to Dhola accompanied by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Governor Banwarilal Purohit. We are giving stress on development of roads, bridges, rails, air and waterways which are environment- friendly and economical.

But in 2014, Mr Modi eased rules on building roads and army facilities near the 4,056km long border in Arunachal Pradesh, signalling a shift in India's strategic policy.


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