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The Bhupen Hazarika Setu – the nation’s longest bridge – not simply enhances connectivity between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, additionally it is of nice strategic significance. We head there within the all new Hyundai Venue.

Revealed On Sep 19, 2022 06:31:00 PM

24×7 connectivity between Tinsukia and Roing is now ensured. Beforehand crossing the Lohit was on the whims of the climate and a ferry.

The all new Hyundai Venue stands on the grassy knoll by the river Lohit. It’s splattered with mud, however these are battle scars it wears with satisfaction. It has executed 500km and not using a whimper by the width of Assam. It has endured pouring rain and has been subjected to some atrocious roads. However by all this, it sailed by, salient and powerful, retaining us comfy and content material.

Not solely does the perfect tea develop in Assam, native dhabas know how one can brew it properly too.

Our journey began from Guwahati, and our vacation spot was the Dhola Sadiya Bridge or the Bhupen Hazarika Setu, as it’s formally referred to as, close to Dibrugarh. This 9.15km construction is the longest bridge over water in India, and is a part of the continuing plan for larger integration of the North East with the mainland. One of many methods to do that is infrastructure growth, one thing that has been a precedence of successive governments.

Although we left Guwahati at an unearthly hour of 3am, daybreak had damaged inside 1.5 hours and 80km. The rain was whimsical: fierce at instances, drizzly the subsequent second. That was hardly a trouble for us as a result of the three settings for the wipers plus interval settings on the intermittent swipe meant that we might minutely match the wiper pace to the temper of the rain. The Venue’s pliant suspension soaked up deep potholes and impolite rumbler strips with hardly a judder.

Tea gardens are common companions on the street from Guwahati to Dibrugarh, particularly close to Jorhat.

The 432-kilometre distance from Guwahati to Dibrugarh is a mixture of good roads and ‘the place’s the street?’ There are vehicles, cycles, carts and cows, all transferring at vastly various speeds, so I used to be consistently cheering the DCT that this Hyundai Venue’s 1.0-litre GDI Turbo engine is mated to. Its fast adjustments meant that I used to be typically inside the engine’s energy band, with the rpm staying roughly between 2,000 and three,000rpm. All this jargon signifies that even with my spirited driving within the ‘Sports activities’ mode, the Venue returned 12 kilometres per litre of petrol!

The Hyundai Venue is characteristic filled with a really responsive touchscreen and wi-fi charging.

Contained in the automotive, the crew, all millennials nonetheless of their rising years, wanted to finish their sleep and the rear reclining seats had them sweetly snoozing to the strains of music streaming from the cellphone linked by way of Apple CarPlay.

All this additionally meant that after we acquired to Dibrugarh 11 hours later, they had been fairly desperate to push on for one more two hours to get to the Dhola Sadiya Bridge 103 kms away. They had been, nonetheless, knowledgeable that nightfall within the North East creeps up rapidly and quietly by 4pm, and apart from, there was a thunderstorm brewing round us.

So we set off the subsequent morning at about 4am to move to the bridge. Navigating by the darkish streets of downtown Dibrugarh, I realised that the Venue’s cornering lamps – constructed into the primary headlight cluster – are fairly the assistance. Particularly to catch out that philosophical cow standing simply round a nook, considering the that means of life. And the good new LED tail-lamps on the rear be certain that the Venue is seen to different bleary-eyed drivers who’ve simply began out.

The Bhupen Hazarika Setu, which lies to the east of Dibrugarh, connects northern Assam to japanese Arunachal Pradesh, and is the primary everlasting hyperlink on this area. Beforehand, earlier than 2017, the one solution to get throughout the Lohit (a tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra) was by way of ferry and that too wasn’t doable through the monsoon. This bridge ensures 24×7 connectivity, and is strategically vital given China’s Arunachal Pradesh fixation.

At 9.15km, the Bhupen Hazarika Setu is the longest bridge over water in India.

This bridge ensures that Indian defence property may be quickly deployed. It cuts down the journey time from Tinsukia in Assam to Roing in Arunachal Pradesh by a staggering 5 hours and saves about Rs 10 lakh price of gas on a regular basis. The bridge has been designed to deal with the load of the 60 tonne Arjun and T-72 battle tanks. Every of its piers, from 1 to 182, has seismic buffers that make it earthquake proof.

It may not have the flamboyance of cable-stayed bridges such because the Atal Setu or the Bandra Worli Sea Hyperlink, however the Bhupen Hazarika Setu grows on you the extra you spend time round it and have a look at it from completely different views. A have a look at the drone footage we shot made me whistle in appreciation at its size and the way in which it snakes throughout the extensive Lohit river.

Pace restrict on the bridge is 60kph, and it could actually deal with the load of the Indian Military’s Arjuna tank.

Whereas the size of the bridge from pier 1 to pier 182 is 9.15km, the full size of the mission, together with strategy roads on either side, is 28.5km. The entire price of this mission was a staggering Rs 1,000 crore. The pace restrict on the bridge is 60kph and I discovered the Venue’s cruise management fairly helpful to stay at this pace and revel in my runs forwards and backwards over the bridge.

Now, standing and searching on the all-new Hyundai Venue parked on the inexperienced banks of the Lohit, with the bridge within the background, I can’t assist however recall Val Kilmer’s phrases within the journey movie ‘The Ghost and the Darkness’ through which he performs Colonel John Henry Patterson, tasked with constructing a bridge over the River Tsavo in Kenya in 1898. He says: “What higher job in all of the world than construct a bridge? Deliver land over water. Deliver worlds collectively.”

The Bhupen Hazarika Setu does precisely that!

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