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Where does this long and curving road lead to?

The road is the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge, also called the Bhupen Hazarika Setu. 

The new, three lane, 9.15 kilometre Dhola-Sadiya bridge, also known as the Bhupen Hazarika Setu, has been built over river Lohit, a tributary of River Brahmaputra, and links Dhola in Assam to Sadiya in Arunachal Pradesh. Earlier, the only means to cross the Brahmaputra at this location was by ferry in the daytime, and even this was not possible during floods. The Dhola- Sadiya bridge will ensure 24X7 connectivity between upper Assam and the 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, cutting down on travel time from the current six hours to just one hour. This, the government claims, will result in saving of petrol and diesel worth Rs 10 lakh per day. Given the fact that the North-East is prone to high seismic activity, the bridge has been provided seismic buffers in all its 182 piers.

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. Constructed at a total cost of Rs 2,056 crore, the bridge is part of the Arunachal Package of Roads and Highways under the Ministry's Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for North-East.

The bridge will also benefit the army, with convoys requiring less time to journey from Assam to the posts along the India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh. The bridge is also expected to enhance India's defence capabilities in the northeastern region. The Dhola–Sadiya Bridge has been designed to handle the weight of 60-tonne (130,000-pound) tanks such as the Indian Army's Arjun and T-72 main battle tanks.

Winners of Big Picture Contest

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Mumbai
Manju Agarwal
Jaipur
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Delhi
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Mumbai
Lalit Upadhyay
Lucknow
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Dehradun
Ram Singh
Mumbai
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New Delhi
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Mumbai
Tharvinder Singh Pahuja
Ludhiana
Babita Baid
Dinhata
Ramani Santhanam
Madurai
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Surat
Hema
Delhi
Arjoo Molla
Kolkata
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Puducherry
Tilak
Bengaluru
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Namakkal
Bindu
Bangalore
Lakhi Kumar Singh
Ghaziabad
Lalji
Surat
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Jaipur
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Jaipur
Sukanta Behera
Cuttack
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Kolkata
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Kolkata
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Kolkata
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Bhavnagar
Sushil Kumar
Noida

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