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Over 18,000, belonging to all age, brave chilly morning to take part in the marathon; 40 per cent women

Marathons to be linked to socially useful causes: Narendra Modi

 

Ahmedabad, Sunday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today flagged off the 3rd Sabarmati-Ahmedabad Marathon here early morning. It is being organized first Sunday of every January.

Over 18,000 runners braved chilly weather to participate, including 600 in 42-km full marathon, 2,100 in 21-km half marathon and 16,000 in dream run. They belonged to all age groups, while 40 percent of them were women, besides 53 visually challenged. There were runners from different parts of the country and abroad, too.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Modi said that marathon first started in 1896 used to be an all-male affair and it remained so for about a. He complimented the runners. He said that marathon race is at present organized in four cities in the state and would be linked socially useful causes.

Reliance Group offered support to make a success of the marathon. Prominent among those present on the occasion included Ahmedabad Mayor Asit Vora, office-bearers and officials of Municipal Corporation and representatives of Reliance Group.

 

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PM to inaugurate India's longest bridge in Assam
May 25, 2017
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Road connectivity in the North-East will see a major transformation: PM to inaugurate India’s longest bridge
Dhola-Sadia Bridge to provide efficient road connectivity to remote and backward areas which have poor road infrastructure
Dhola-Sadia Bridge to give a major boost to overall economic development in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh

Road connectivity in the North-East will see a major transformation when Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurates the country’s longest river bridge –the Dhola- Sadiya Bridge in Assam tomorrow. This new, three lane, 9.15 kilometre bridge has been built over river Lohit, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, linking Dhola in Assam to Sadiya in Arunachal Pradesh. The bridge will fill a huge connectivity gap that has existed in the region. Till now, the only means to cross the Brahmaputra at this location has been by ferry only in day-time and even this is not possible during floods. The last bridge over the Brahmaputra was the Kalia Bhomora Bridge at Tejpur. This will however change from tomorrow with the Dhola-Sadiya bridge ensuring 24X7 connectivity between upper Assam and Eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh.

The bridge will also reduce the distance from Rupai on NH- 37 in Assam to Meka/Roing on NH-52 in Arunachal Pradesh by 165 KM. The travel time between the two places will come down from the current six hours to just one hour – a total five hour reduction. This will result in saving of petrol and diesel worth Rs 10 Lakh per day.

The Dhola-Sadiya bridge promises to usher in prosperity in the North-East. It will provide efficient road connectivity to remote and backward areas which have poor road infrastructure. This bridge will also give a major boost to overall economic development of the areas north of Brahmaputra in upper Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. It will also cater to the strategic requirements of the country in the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh, besides facilitating numerous hydro power projects coming up in the state , as it is the most sought after route for various power project developers.

The total length of the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge project, including the approach roads on each side, is 28.50 km. The length of the bridge itself is 9.15 Km. It has been constructed on BOT Annuity basis at a total cost of Rs 2,056 crore, as part of the Arunachal Package of Roads and Highways under the Ministry’s SPECIAL ACCELERATED ROAD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME for NORTH EAST (SARDP-NE). The objective was to bring the people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh closer to each other.