Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Sunday posted a video on his twitter account where the later was seen driving over Bhupen Hazarika Setu at a speed of 90 km/h.
“Proud to drive over India’s longest 9-km #BhupenHazarikaSetu over Lohit river today. At average 90km/hour speed, it takes 6.30 minutes to cross the bridge. When there was no bridge it took about 3-hours of the ferry ride. A transformational change indeed”, CM Khandu tweeted.
Proud to drive over India’s longest 9-km #BhupenHazarikaSetu over Lohit river today. At average 90km/hour speed, it takes 6.30 minutes to cross the bridge. When there was no bridge it took about 3-hours of ferry ride. A transformational change indeed! @PMOIndia @MORTHIndia pic.twitter.com/uir3XfJz1L
— Pema Khandu (@PemaKhanduBJP) May 28, 2018
Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s longest bridge Dhola-Sadia over the Lohit river — a tributary of Brahmaputra —and renamed it as the Bhupen Hazarika bridge.
Members of the Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society had requested Modi to name the bridge after Hazarika because Sadia was the birthplace of the singer. “Hazarika, during his life time, worked relentlessly for unity and integrity for all caste, creed, and religions through his songs and music. And it is the dream of the people of the state of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam that the bridge constructed at Sadia be named after him,” The Arunachal Times quoted the society’s president YD Thongchi as saying.
Bhupan Hazarika was one of the most prominent singers in India. His mellifluous voice and songs like ‘Dil Hoom Hoom Kare, Bistirna Dupare, Moi Eti Jajabar, O Ganga Behti Ho Kyon ruled the Assam Music industry for decades.
Hazarika was given India’s highest film honour, the Dada Saheb Phalke award in 1992 for his contribution to cinema.
He was named best composer in India in 1977 for his music for the Assamese film Chameli Memsaab. He has also produced a 52-episode tele-serial titled Dawn for Star TV and an 18-part documentary Glimpses of the Misty East on the socio-economic and cultural progress in North East India. He also won the President’s National Award for the best filmmaker thrice – 1960, 1964, 1967.