By Debananda Medak
Guwahati: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday renewed the dream of a bridge in Majuli, Asia’s one of the biggest islands.
Sonowal, who is also the local MLA of the seat of Assam’s Vaishnavite culture, renewed the long cherished dream of the islanders while inaugurating the Majuli police station.
“As promised, the bridge will surely be constructed. A week ago, I ordered the technical team to prepare the detail project report (DPR) at the earliest. Recently, I also talked to Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkariover telephone and informed about the development. He promised to extend full cooperation,” Sonowal said.
The chief minister stressed that the technical survey had to be conducted several rounds to ensure preparation of a full proof DPR. “The technical survey, however, has been partially completed as of now,” Sonowal said.
Construction of a bridge to connect Majuli with rest of the outside world was one of the promises made by the BJP during the 2016 assembly elections.
Moreover, the BJP promised three bridges connecting Majuli to the mainland. Earlier, Gadkari had already laid the foundation stone of one.
Since years, a couple of steel mar boats and dozens of mechanized wooden boats are the only modes of transportation for the people, animals and goods of Majuli.
On Thursday, Sonowal also inaugurated the newly constructed Garamur and Majuli police stations.