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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inaugurates Bogibeel Bridge Over Brahmaputra River

It is located over 20 km from the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border and is thus expected to act as an alternative to the Kolia Bhomora Setu in Tezpur

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the country’s longest rail-cum-road bridge in Bogibeel over the Brahmaputra river in Assam.
The Prime Minister arrived at the Mohanbari Airport near Dibruharh and headed to Bogibeel in a helicopter.

Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal received Modi at the airport.

Inaugurating the bridge that connects Dhemaji and Dibrugarh, Modi and his cavalcade took a ride, stopping in the middle and waving at thousands of people waiting on both sides.

Terming the bridge as a lifeline for the people of Assam and northeast India, the Prime Minister said the Union Government has pursued the objective of good governance in the last four-and-a-half years.

“The dedication of the historic Bogibeel rail-cum-road bridge is a symbol of good governance. This bridge is a marvel of engineering and technology, and is of immense strategic significance,” he said, adding the bridge reduces distances between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

“It would greatly enhance ease of living in this region,” Modi said adding that this bridge had been a dream for the people of this region for generations.

The Prime Minister said that while only three bridges were built over the Brahmaputra in the last 60-70 years, three bridges have been completed in the last four-and-a-half years alone.

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Narendra Modi (Wikimedia Commons)

“Another five are in progress. Once completed, all these bridges would enhance connectivity between the northern and southern banks of the Brahmaputra,” he said, adding that the pace of development will transform the North-East.

Built at an estimated cost of over Rs 5,000 crore, the bridge is expected to help over five million people living in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and significantly enhance India’s defence capability by ensuring faster movement of troops and supplies to the eastern border with China.

The Prime Minister also complimented the Assam Government for its efforts towards completing pending projects. He said almost 700 km of national highways have been completed in the four-and-a-half years.

He also mentioned several other connectivity related projects in the north-eastern region. He said a strong and progressive eastern India is the key to a strong and prosperous India.

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Besides infrastructure, the Prime Minister mentioned several initiatives such as Ujjwala and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan which have seen rapid progress in Assam.

“The youth of the country, from the far-flung areas, is bringing laurels for India,” he said while referring to, Hima Das, who has now become a symbol of the self-confidence of New India.

The foundation stone for the bridge was laid by former prime minister H.D. Devegowda in 1997. The construction works started only in 2002 when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister.

The bridge, situated 17 km downstream of Dibrugarh spans the Brahmaputra and connects the town in the south to Dhemaji to the river’s north.

It is located over 20 km from the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border and is thus expected to act as an alternative to the Kolia Bhomora Setu in Tezpur. (IANS)

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Indian PM Narendra Modi Raised These Important Issues in I-Day Speech

Important issues PM raised in I-Day speech

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Modi said, "I want to announce a major decision from the Red Fort that India will have a Chief of Defence Staff -- CDS." Pixabay

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday during his Independence day speech touched several important issues like the abrogation of Article 370 and 35 A from Jammu and Kashmir, creation of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) post, Rs 100 lakh crore on developing infrastructure, population explosion, eliminate use of plastic bags, promote digital payments, water conservation, one nation, one election and many others.

Here are the important issues that Modi said during his speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort:

Abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir: Modi said with the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A in Jammu and Kashmir, the dream of “One Nation, One Constitution” has been realised. He also lashed out at the opposition for speaking against the move, asking if they felt it was so necessary why didn’t they make it permanent in the past 70 years.

Creation of the CDS post: Modi said I want to announce a major decision from the Red Fort that India will have a Chief of Defence Staff — CDS. This is going to make the forces even more effective. The new CDS post will oversee all the three wings of the armed forces.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday during his Independence day speech touched several important issues. Pixabay

Abolition of triple talaq: Modi said it was aimed at benefitting the Muslim women. He said the country has taken several steps for women, including ending the evil of female foeticide. If we can take so many steps then why not raise our voice against the evil of triple talaq, so that our Muslim sisters get equal respect and are part of the country’s progress. The decision is not to be weighed in political terms.

Population explosion: Modi said population explosion will cause many problems for our future generations. But there is a vigilant section of public which stops to think, before bringing a child to the world, whether they can do justice to the child, give them all that she or he wants. They have a small family and express their patriotism to the country. Let’s learn from them. There is need of social awareness.

Jal Jeevan Mission: Modi announced a new Jal Jeevan Mission for realising the vision of Har Ghar Jal, or drinking water to every home, with an allocation of Rs 3,59,000 crore. Modi also asked the citizens to adopt the water conservation, they way they adopted the Swachh Bharat campaign.

Eliminate use of plastic: Modi said single-use plastic poses grave threat to the environment. The time for implementing such an idea has come. Teams must be mobilised to work in this direction. A significant step must come out by October 2.

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here are the important issues that Modi said during his speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort. Pixabay

Promote digital payment: Modi said shopkeepers already have a board outside their shops that reads: ‘Aaj nagad, kal udhar’. Similarly they can have a board saying ‘yes’ to digital payment and no to cash payment.

Simultaneous poll: Modi said the dream of one nation, one tax has been achieved by the implementation of the GST (Goods and Services Tax). Our nation has also successfully achieved One Nation, One Grid in the Power sector. Now today, India is talking about One Nation, One Election. So a discussion must be held on this.

Minimise use of fertilizers: Modi urged the farmers to minimise the use of chemical-based fertilizers in their farmlands.

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Wealth creation: Modi said wealth creation is a great national service. Let us never be wealth creators with suspicion. Only when wealth is created, it will be distributed. Those who create wealth are India’s wealth and we respect them.

Quality Export products: Modi said the time has come to think about how we can boost exports. Each district of India has so much to offer. Let us make local products attractive. May more export hubs emerge. Our guiding principle is ‘Zero Defect, Zero Effect’. (IANS)