India’s longest river bridge will be built over the Brahmaputra, connecting Dhubri in Assam to Phulbari in Meghalaya, and can cut road travel by 203 km as travel time also. The 19.3 km four-lane bridge will be built by 2026-27, government officials said.
A report published in the The Times of India stated that considering how critical the bridge construction will undoubtedly be, the Government’s highway construction wing, the National Highways and Industrial Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), reached out to global players in France recently.
At present, vehicles take an over-200 km-long detour utilizing the Naranarayan Bridge, that is 60 km upstream. The brand new bridge shall complete the missing link of NH127B from Assam to Meghalaya.
The report further currently stated that, small boats run between Phulbari and Dhubri. It requires about two . 5 hours to cross the river. Currently, the longest river bridge in India, at 9.15 km, year may be the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge that was opened last. It shall hardly take 15-20 minutes to cross the river following the bridge becomes operational. It’ll push economic activities and development on both relative sides of the river,” said a Road Transport Ministry official.
“We are floating tenders for the project and target to award the ongoing work in this financial year. It will be a public-funded work. The construction of any bridge over the Brahmaputra does take time since construction work can be executed only for half a year in per year,” an NHIDCL official said.
The Japanese funding agency Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has approved financing because of this project as part of a road infrastructure improvement package in the North East after assessing the economic advantage of the big project. Senior Government officials said the bridge will improve connectivity from West Bengal to Assam also.
SOURCE: Northeast Now