Explained: How does Assam Govt aim to transform Guwahati into Gateway to South Asia?

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6-Km long flyover connecting Dighalipukhuri with Bamunimaidan: Another ambitious flyover project coming up
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Guwahati: With the inauguration of the 149.07-crore, 790-metre-long Arya Nagar Flyover on Friday, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma explained how he and his government is eyeing transforming Guwahati into a gateway to South Asia.

Addressing a public meeting held to mark the occasion, CM Sarma stated that the government has lined up a series of projects and schemes to make this dream a reality.

Of these, one of the most important is that of a “Ring-Road” connecting the peripheries of Guwahati and work for the same is expected to start by August 2023, stated the Chief Minister.

The chief minister also stated that the state government is now eyeing another ambitious flyover project between Dighalipukhuri and Bamunimaidan of nearly 6-kilometre length. The work for the same would be undertaken once the flyover at Zoo Road is ready to be inaugurated, said the chief minister.

The ongoing construction activities for the upcoming flyovers at Maligaon, which will of nearly 4-kilometre length, and the one at Zoo Road are going on in full swing and if everything goes as per plan, then the former will be dedicated to the service of the public by the early part of next year while the latter by Bohag Bihu of 2024, the Chief Minister added.

Chief Minister also spoke about 6-laning of the stretch of national highway between Jalukbari and Khanapara, along with the two upcoming flyovers at Gorchuk and Basistha Chariali shall provide immense relief to the people of the city of Guwahati.

Interestingly, plans are afoot for another flyover connecting the Arya College area with Kalapahar’s Cycle Factory locality, the Chief Minister stated, adding this would help the residents of the locality reach the national highway within a span of less than 10-15 minutes.

He also spoke about a rope-way project connecting Khanapara with Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport. This, CM Sarma said, would ease the traffic problem while at the same time helping the government achieve its aim of sustainable development.

The Chief Minister also assured the residents of Guwahati city of the government’s seriousness in ensuring every household covered under the water-supply schemes have access to water supply by 2024.

The Chief Minister also spoke about the second medical college in the city within walking distance from the Arya Nagar flyover. Named the Pragjyotishpur Medical College, academic sessions are expected to start in 2024, Dr. Sarma added.

The Chief Minister also spoke briefly on other activities being undertaken in the city. These include the riverfront development projects on the bank of the river Brahmaputra.

The Chief Minister also stressed on the need to transform the Guwahati Municipal Corporation into a transparent and efficient organisation, truly devoted to its envisioned roles for the city. Every ward under GMC shall be allotted a sum of ₹10 crores each for the development of road infrastructure, CM Sarma added.

Senior Minister in the Assam Cabinet Ashok Singhal, Member of Parliament of Guwahati Lok Sabha constituency Queen Ojha, Member of Legislative Assembly from Dispur Atul Bora, MLA from East Guwahati constituency Siddhartha Bhattacharya were among the host of prominent personalities present in today’s inaugural event.

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