The bridge will be instrumental in quick movement of troops to the border with China in the Wallong-Kibithu sector of Southern Arunachal Pradesh. The 9.15 km (5.7 mile) Dhola-Sadiya bridge, strong enough to carry a 60-tonne battle tank, will reduce travel times from Assam to the frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh whose territory is partly claimed by China.
"No doubt in the contemporary period, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is one of the most effective communicators and perhaps can be compared with other illustrious prime ministers like Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi who communicated on their principle, on their ideas accepting the Parliamentary form of government and particularly to have a secular Constitution", Mukherjee said. "It is on the two tracks of physical infrastructure and social infrastructure that complete development is achieved", he said. "That's the reason why the region is in focus of our development initiatives", Modi said after inaugurating the bridge at Dhola.
"We are committed to the development of the northeast".
"If Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji had returned to power in 2004, then you would have got this bridge 10 years ago", he said. "In the last three years, there was not a single day when we did not take a step".
"Indian Army displayed their valour by surgical strikes, and PM Modi showed political will", he said.
Pointing out the huge possibility of organic farming in the northeast, the Prime Minister said there is a global market for organic produce.
Addressing the rally, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari said the Centre has proposed 3,000 km of additional national highways for Assam.
450 leaders including, Union ministers, BJP Chief ministers, MPs, MLAs and office bearers will spread out across 900 destination all over India.
The bridge built at a cost of over Rs 2,000 crore is also considered to be very decisive from the strategic point of view.
"The shortening of distance by 165 km, reducing travel time by 7-8 hours will open new doors to economic development", he noted.