6 Facts About Asia's Longest Bridge Being Constructed Over River Brahmaputra
The Dhola-Sadiya Bridge, planned between Dhola and Sadiya over the River Brahmaputra, according to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will now be completed by 2017. The major hurdle for the delay, as the project was slated to be completed in December 2015, is the river itself that keeps changing its course during the winter and the rainy seasons.
MakaaniQ lists five facts about the bridge that will be Asia's longest bridge once constructed:
- The bridge will be connecting the states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Thus, reducing the travel time between the two northeastern states by four hours.
- The length of the bridge once completed will be 9.15 kilometres (kms), making it the longest river bridge in India as well in Asia. It will be 3.55 km longer than the Bandra-Worli Sea Link Bridge over Mahim Bay.
- The construction site was washed away during the 2012 flash floods.
- It is the only bridge in the country to be made for the passage of the army tanks and hence, is being strengthened so that it can take the weight of the reinforced T72 Tank, to the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
- This bridge is strategic from the military point of view as it would reduce the travel time to the LAC at Dibang and Anjaw via Tezpur.
- The bridge which is being constructed at a cost of Rs 938 crore.