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The Dhola Sadiya Bridge in Assam has managed to create a name for itself in a small period of time. The engineering and architectural piece of genius is being hailed as a modern miracle by citizens and people of India. Let us learn more about this beautiful bit of infrastructure in Assam.

The Dhola Sadiya Bridge in Assam has managed to create a name for itself in a small period of time. The engineering and architectural piece of genius is being hailed as a modern miracle by citizens and people of India. Let us learn more about this beautiful bit of infrastructure in Assam.

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Known as the Bhupen Hazarika Setu (for the adored Assamese singer), the Dhola Sadiya Bridge is currently the longest bridge in India. Its title is under dispute because a bridge is in construction in Bihar and is estimated to become the longest bridge when completed. Till then Dhola Sadiya enjoys its well earned title and peace. The length of the bridge is approximately 9 kilometres. It beats the Bandra-Worli Sea Link by a good 3.5 kilometres to grab the first spot.

Assam has been slowly coming up as a state full of opportunities. The North East parts of India have struggled to maintain cultural binds with the rest of their country due to the difference in culture, location and language. The 7 sisters or the 7 North Eastern States exist in harmony and live in scenic, green cities lush with natural beauty. It is no wonder that they are hesitant to encroach on their untouched land or develop by destroying natural habitats. But with increasing population, the needs of the urban lifestyle have to be met. Better roads, bridges and flyovers are a necessity when the common man needs to travel for work and personal reasons.


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Unlike other bridges in India, Dhola Sadiya doesn’t connect a part of the city to another part but 2 states. The beam bridge is one of the first ever permanent links between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. By making such a well built link, the Government opened the doors for smoother transport, ease of heavy vehicles and a quicker commute. Since the bridge was going to connect 2 states, it was essential that a Central Governing Body such as the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways sanction it.

The Ministry decided to undertake research and surveys to understand the repercussions and scope of making this bridge. Local citizens and residents had been urging the Government to find an alternative means of transport between the closely connected states. In 2003, a study was finally undertaken and serious discussions began over the proposal of Dhola Sadiya.

Bureaucratic work is slow and tedious as all Indians know. In 2011, a whole 8 years after the study was taken, the construction on the bridge finally began. Spanning the Lohit, a major tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra River, the bridge connects Dhola and Sadiya. Hence the colloquial name despite its official title being something else. Work was finally completed in 2017 and the Prime Minister of India inaugurated the bridge, letting the world know about an Indian landmark.

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The most unique thing about the Dhola Sadiya Bridge is its location. Situated precariously in Arunachal Pradesh, the bridge is very close to the Indo-China border. China has been making attempts to claim Arunachal Pradesh and Dhola Sadiya Bridge can play a vital role in military excursions. Materials, assets, soldiers, vehicles and weapons can be transported as the bridge is capable of handling heavy loads and tanks. Dhola Sadiya Bridge is a crucial tactical asset and one that can make the difference between an Indian win or loss should the day of Indo-China war come.

The Army applauded the opening of the bridge as it gave them much needed relief and halved their transport time giving them tactical advantage in defense drills and situations. Their travel has been cut by 4 hours! Instead of facing the tumultuous Brahmaputra by boat, they can now drive to the army posts. But there is a need to do more. China has been building roads, bridges and flyovers on their side so that an entire unit can be transported and mobilized in no time. The Dhola Sadiya is a perfect start to what can be India’s defense shield against an encroaching neighbor.  

Known as the Bhupen Hazarika Setu (for the adored Assamese singer and filmmaker), the Dhola Sadiya Bridge is currently the longest bridge in India. Its title is under dispute because a bridge is in construction in Bihar and is estimated to become the longest bridge when completed. Till then Dhola Sadiya enjoys its well earned title. The length of the bridge is approximately 9 kilometres. It beats the Bandra-Worli Sea Link by a good 3.5 kilometres to grab the first spot.

Assam has been slowly coming up as a state full of opportunities. The North East parts of India have struggled to maintain cultural binds with the rest of their country due to the difference in culture, location and language. The 7 sisters or the 7 North Eastern States exist in harmony and live in scenic, green cities lush with natural beauty. It is no wonder that they are hesitant to encroach on their untouched land or develop by destroying natural habitats. But with increasing population, the needs of the urban lifestyle have to be met. Better roads, bridges and flyovers are a necessity when the common man needs to travel for work and personal reasons.

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Unlike other bridges in India, Dhola Sadiya doesn’t connect a part of the city to another part but 2 states. The beam bridge is one of the first ever permanent links between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. By making such a well built link, the Government opened the doors for smoother transport, ease of heavy vehicles and a quicker commute. Since the bridge was going to connect 2 states, it was essential that a Central Governing Body such as the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways sanction it.

The Ministry decided to undertake research and surveys to understand the repercussions and scope of making this bridge. Local citizens and residents had been urging the Government to find an alternative means of transport between the closely connected states. In 2003, a study was finally undertaken and serious discussions began over the proposal of Dhola Sadiya.

Bureaucratic work is slow and tedious as all Indians know. In 2011, a whole 8 years after the study was taken, the construction on the bridge finally began. Spanning the Lohit, a major tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra River, the bridge connects Dhola and Sadiya. Hence the colloquial name despite its official title being something else. Work was finally completed in 2017 and the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi inaugurated the bridge, letting the world know about an Indian landmark.

The most unique thing about the Dhola Sadiya Bridge is its location. Situated precariously in Arunachal Pradesh, the bridge is very close to the Indo-China border. China has been making attempts to claim Arunachal Pradesh and Dhola Sadiya Bridge can play a vital role in military excursions. Materials, assets, soldiers, vehicles and weapons can be transported as the bridge is capable of handling heavy loads and tanks. Dhola Sadiya Bridge is a crucial tactical asset and one that can make the difference between an Indian win or loss should the day of Indo-China war come.

The Army applauded the opening of the bridge as it gave them much needed relief and halved their transport time giving them tactical advantage in defense drills and situations. Their travel has been cut by 4 hours! Instead of facing the tumultuous Brahmaputra by boat, they can now drive to the army posts. But there is a need to do more. China has been building roads, bridges and flyovers on their side so that an entire unit can be transported and mobilized in no time. The Dhola Sadiya is a perfect start to what can be India’s defense shield against an encroaching neighbor. 

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Dhola Sadiya, India’s Tactical Asset And Defensive Shield

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