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Country�s 2nd longest bridge to be opened in Arunachal soon

By Abhijit Khataniar

DOOMDOOMA , April 1 - After Dr Bhupen Hazarika Setu, the longest river bridge of India over the river Lohit connecting Dhola with Sadiya in Tinsukia district in Assam, the Northeastern region is going to have the country�s second longest bridge soon.

This time, it will be a 6.20 kilometre long bridge over the river Dibang connecting Meka with Bomji in Lower Dibang Valley district in Arunachal Pradesh. It is under construction at a distance of only 50 kilometre from Dr Bhupen Hazarika Setu. The new bridge is almost ready for traffic and will be inaugurated within April or May.

Navayuga Engineering Company which constructed Dr Bhupen Hazarika Setu is engaged in construction of this new bridge by Union Ministry of Road Transport and National Highways.

An official of the Company told this correspondent that the technology used in Dr Bhupen Hazarika Setu is also being used in this new bridge.

With the opening of this new bridge, road connectivity in Arunachal Pradesh will have a significant development as Lower Dibang Valley district will be connected with Lohit, East Siang, West Siang district and Assam. This bridge will facilitate the people of Meka, Bomji, Dambuk, etc., of Arunachal Pradesh who were isolated from the rest of the world by river Dibang.

From the country�s strategic point too this new bridge bears significance as India�s border with China lies near.

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