Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Medical | By Carla Vaughn

Lata Mangeskar praises PM Modi for naming India's longest bridge after Hazarika

Lata Mangeskar praises PM Modi for naming India's longest bridge after Hazarika

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, marking three years in power, on Friday inaugurated the country's longest bridge that spans the vast Brahmaputra River in the northeastern state of Assam. "We have this vision", Prime Minister Modi said after inaugurating the bridge named after legendary Assamese singer Bhupen Hazarika. The Brahmaputra had just one bridge over it when Bhupen da penned his Brahmaputrar duti paar.The Bhupen Hazarika Setu is the fifth. His lips often glorified the potential and grandeur of the mighty river. "If that money has been earned through corruption, we will get it out and return it to the people", Modi said on Friday.

Modi said the bridge will lay a new beginning for economic revolution not only for the region but the entire country.

Its inauguration was timed to mark three years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government. But follow-ups were not done and its certainty appeared bleak with the change of the government at the Centre. "It is on the two tracks of physical infrastructure and social infrastructure that complete development is achieved", Modi said.

The bridge project will enhance the entire transport system of North Assam.

Beijing recently strongly objected to India's decision to allow Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to visit the state and has also protested against the development of military infrastructure there.

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He expressed hope that the North-East can emerge as a global hub of organic farming as there are huge possibilities in the region. “I am told that ginger of this area is of high demand. Earlier, the only way to cross the Lohit river was by ferry, and that too only during the daytime. Only the Indian Government is the one which honours Indian artists.

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. "New waterways will start from here", the prime minister said.

The bridge built at a cost of over Rs 2,000 crore is also considered to be very decisive from the strategic point of view.

Media reports said the bridge would help India's military forces access the border with China, adding that it was created to facilitate the movement of 60-tonne battle tanks. Earlier, the Army had to travel eight to ten hours to reach their barracks in Arunachal Pradesh from Dinjan Army Station.

"The bridge is going to help our troops get to parts that were earlier hard to reach in times of crises", Ajit Singh, a defence research fellow at New Delhi's Institute for Conflict Management, told AFP.

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