Guwahati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the ‘Mahabahu-Brahmaputra’ and lay the foundation stone of Dhubri Phulbari Bridge on Thursday.
The 19 km bridge will be India’s longest and will play a crucial role in connecting the two Northeastern states of Meghalaya and Assam.
The minister has performed bhumi pujan (ground-breaking ceremony) for the two-lane Majuli Bridge which will connect Majuli to Jorhat in Assam.
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal took twitter to inform regarding the launch of the major projects.
The launch of Mahabahu-Brahmaputra, which aims to improve connectivity in the eastern states, will be marked by the inauguration of the Ro-Pax vessel operations between Neamati-Majuli Island, North Guwahati-South Guwahati and Dhubri-Hatsingimari.
Foundation stone of Inland Water Transport Terminal at Jogighopa and various tourists’ jetties on Brahmaputra and launch of digital solutions for Ease-of-Doing-Business will also be a part of the initiative.
The proposed Dhubri-Phulbari Bridge will be located on NH-127B, originating from Srirampur on NH-27 (East-West Corridor), and terminating at Nongstoin on NH-106 in Meghalaya. It will connect Dhubri in Assam to Phulbari, Tura, Rongram and Rongjeng in Meghalaya.
The bridge, to be built with a total cost of approximately Rs 4,997 crores, will meet the long-standing demand of the people from Assam and Meghalaya who were depending on ferry services to travel between the two banks of the river.
It will reduce the distance of 205 km to be travelled by road to 19 km, which is the total length of the bridge.