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Narendra Modi in Assam on Tuesday
Narendra Modi in Assam on Tuesday

PM inaugurates country's longest rail-road bridge, says topmost priority accorded to key projects

ANI | Updated: Dec 25, 2018 20:54 IST

Dibrugarh (Assam) [India], Dec 25 (ANI): Asserting that his government has given topmost priority to key projects, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated country's longest rail-road bridge that will drastically reduce the journey time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
He said the delays in infrastructure development has adversely impacted the country's development trajectory.
The 4.94 km-long Bogibeel Bridge, a combined road and rail bridge over the Brahmaputra river, will reduce the distance between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh by 170 kms.
The inauguration coincided with the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
"About 16 years ago, Atal Ji came here. He had a vision for the development of the Bogibeel Bridge. This bridge is also a tribute to his vision," the Prime Minister said.
"When Vajpayee government lost power in 2004, several key infrastructure projects of his era were not completed," said Modi.
"Things have changed after May 2014 when topmost priority is being accorded to key projects. Delayed infra projects were adversely impacting India's development trajectory. When we assumed office, we added speed to these projects & worked towards their quick completion," he said.
Modi said delays in infrastructure projects were adversely impacting India's development trajectory. "When we assumed office, we added speed to these projects and work towards their quick completion,"he added.
The Prime Minister noted that while only three bridges were built over the Brahmaputra River in 60-70 years, three more have been completed in the last four and a half years alone. Another five, he said, are in progress.
"Almost 700 kilometres of National Highways have been completed in four and a half years. A strong and progressive Eastern India is the key to a strong and progressive India," he said.
Besides infrastructure, the Prime Minister also mentioned several initiatives such as Ujjwala, and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, which have seen rapid progress in Assam.
Describing the bridge as a "marvel of engineering and technology", he said it is of immense strategic significance and reduces distances between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
It would greatly enhance "ease of living" in this region," said Modi.
"This bridge had been a dream for the people of this region for generations, and is now a reality. Dibrugarh is an important centre of healthcare, education and commerce in the region, and the people living north of the Brahmaputra, can now access this city, more conveniently" he said.
He recalled that in May 2017, he had also dedicated the country's longest road bridge, the Bhupen Hazarika Bridge at Sadia in Assam, to the nation.
He said this enhanced connectivity between the northern and southern banks of the Brahmaputra, is an element of good governance and this pace of development will transform the North-East. He said the infrastructure in the country is growing at a rapid pace.
The Prime Minister complimented the State Government of Assam for its efforts towards completing pending projects. (ANI)