The Bhupen Hazarika Setu is the longest road bridge in India. It is located in Assam and is commonly known as Dhola Sadiya Bridge.
The total length of the bridge is 9.15 km and it connects the northeast states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
The bridge is built over the Lohit river, a tributary of the river Brahmaputra and is the first permanent road connection between northern Assam and eastern Arunachal Pradesh.
The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways inaugurated the bridge on 26 May 2017.
The bridge is named after Bhupen Hazarika a very prominent and famous artist and filmmaker from Assam.
The bridge is a very important tactical asset for India as it is along the Line of Actual control along the India-China border.
In case of any incursion by the Chinese Army, this bridge can help in the movement of India’s defense assets. It is designed to handle the weight of Indian Army tanks like Arjun and T-72 which can weigh up to 60 tonnes.
The Dibang River Bridge is the second road longest bridge above water in India and was completed in 2018.
It connects Dambuk and Roing in the eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh and has a total length of 6.2 km.
However, the Kacchi Dargah–Bidupur Bridge is under construction and has an expected length of 9.76 km and will surpass the Bhupen Hazarika Setu as the longest road bridge in India over water.
The bridge will connect Kacchi Dargah in Patna and Bidupur in Hajipur in Bihar and is estimated to be complete by July 2023.
Here is a list of the top 10 longest road bridges over water in India
|1||Bhupen Hazarika Setu||Lohit River||9,150||Assam||2017|
|2||Dibang River Bridge||Dibang River||6,200||Arunachal Pradesh||2018|
|3||Mahatma Gandhi Setu||Ganges River||5,750||Bihar||1982|
|4||Bandra-Worli Sea Link||Mahim bay||5,600||Maharashtra||2009|
|5||Vikramshila Setu||Ganges River||4,700||Bihar||2001|
|6||Arrah–Chhapra Bridge||Ganges River||4,350||Bihar||2017|
|7||Godavari Fourth Bridge (Kovvur–Rajahmundry 4th Bridge)||Godavari River||4,135|
|8||Chahlari Ghat Bridge||Ghaghra River||3,249||Uttar Pradesh||2017|
|9||Jawahar Setu||Son River||3,061||Bihar||1965|
|10||Daudnagar bridge||Son River||3,020||Bihar||2019|
Note: Above list contains only road bridges over water bodies. It doesn’t contain longest rail cum road bridges or rail bridges in the list