India’s longest river bridge, fit for withstanding the heaviness of a 60-ton battle tank, will be introduced in Assam near the fringe with China on May 26 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

With the introduction of the 9.15-km-long Dhola-Sadiya bridge over the Brahmaputra river, the PM will kick begin the festivals of the NDA government’s three years in office from this eastern-most piece of Assam.

The bridge is viewed as an endeavour by India to shore up its safeguard prerequisites along the Sino-Indian border especially in the Northeast other than giving simple access to the general population of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam with air and rail network.

It is 3.55 km longer than the Bandra-Worli sea link in Mumbai, making it the longest bridge in India.

“The prime minister will dedicate the strategically important bridge to the nation on May 26. It will bolster the road connectivity in the Northeast as the bridge will be used by people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh besides defence forces extensively,” Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal told PTI.

The construction of the bridge started in 2011 at a venture cost of Rs 950 crore. The outline is to such an extent that the bridge can withstand the development of military tanks.

“Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have huge strategic value to the country. Since the bridge is located close to our border with China, it will help the quick movement of military troops and artillery in times of conflict,” Sonowal said.

The bridge is found 540-km far from Assam capital Dispur and 300 km far from Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar. The flying separation to the Chinese border is 100 km.

After Kaliabhomora bridge close Tezpur, there is no bridge over the Brahmaputra for the following 375 km upstream till Dhola, where the new bridge is built. As of now, all the vehicle between the two banks of the river is being helped out through the water as it were.

The bridge, when opened to the public, will chop down the travel time amongst Assam and Arunachal Pradesh by as much as 4 hours.

As there is no non-military personnel airport in Arunachal Pradesh, this bridge will help individuals of the state to come to the closest railhead in Tinsukia and the airport in Dibrugarh effortlessly.

Sonowal said the postponed works of the bridge was sped up after Modi expected the charge in 2014. The bridge was initially booked to open in 2015.

The BJP government in Assam will finish one year in office on May 24.

The bridge is one of the key ventures of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in the Northeast and is worked in public-private association with a construction organisation.