Bhupen Hazarika Setu
|Locale||Dhola–Sadiya, Assam, India|
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways |
Navayuga Engineering Company
|Total length||9.15 km (5.69 mi)|
|Width||12.9 m (42 ft)|
|Longest span||50 m (160 ft)|
|No. of spans||183|
|Construction start||November 2011|
|Construction end||10 March 2017|
|Opened||26 May 2017|
The Dhola–Sadiya Bridge, also referred to as the Bhupen Hazarika Setu (Assamese: ভূপেন হাজৰিকা সেতু), is a beam bridge in India, connecting the northeast states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The bridge spans the Lohit River, a major tributary of the Brahmaputra River, from the village of Dhola (Tinsukia District) in the south to Sadiya to the north. The bridge is the first permanent road connection between the northern Assam and eastern Arunachal Pradesh.
At 9.15 kilometres (5.69 mi) in length, it is the longest bridge in India. However, the 9.76 kilometres (6.06 mi) Kacchi Dargah–Bidupur Bridge under construction in the Indian state of Bihar, is expected to become the longest bridge in India upon its estimated completion in November 2021.
With rapid movement of India's defense assets in mind following incursions by the Chinese Army, the Dhola–Sadiya Bridge has been designed to handle the weight of 60-tonne (130,000-pound) tanks such as the Indian Army's Arjun and T-72 main battle tanks. Since the Sino-Indian War, China has disputed India's claim to Arunachal Pradesh, politically and militarily, along the Line of Actual Control, making the bridge an important tactical asset in the ongoing dispute.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways started a feasibility study of the project in August 2003 after demands from local constituents. In January 2009 the bridge was approved for construction with funding from the Government of India as part of the Arunachal Pradesh Package of Roads and Highways.
Construction began in November 2011 as a public-private partnership with Navayuga Engineering Company, with an expected completion in 2015. However, due to construction delays and cost increases, the bridge's completion date was pushed into 2017.
The project cost around ₹10 billion (US$139 million) and construction took over five years to complete. It is 3.55 kilometres (2.21 mi) longer than the Bandra Worli Sea Link in Mumbai, making it the longest bridge in India.
The bridge was inaugurated on 26 May 2017 by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nitin Gadkari (Minister of Road Transport and Highways). The bridge is named after Bhupen Hazarika an artist and filmmaker from Assam.
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As per the loan agreement, the project is scheduled to complete by December 2020.
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China claims Arunachal Pradesh as its own, and refers to it as "southern Tibet". [...] "With China getting more and more aggressive, it is time we strengthened our physical infrastructure to defend our territory," India's junior Home Minister Khiren Rijiju, a native of Arunachal Pradesh, told journalists.
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Its construction started in 2011. The approximate cost of the project is said to be around Rs 10 billion.
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