Guwahati, June 14, 2019
Two new bridges will be constructed over the Brahmaputra river in Assam connecting the north and south banks of the river. This was informed by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal after meeting with Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari.
Sonowal asked the Union minister for an early start of the construction work of the bridges, one connecting Sivasagar-Desangmukh-Tekeliphuta-Dhakuakhana and another connecting North Lakhimpur- Majuli and Jorhat under the Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for northeastern states. To this Gadkari informed that preliminary work has been completed and construction work will start very soon.
Also, in the meeting, an elaborate discussion was held on the status of highways in Assam under the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and the National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL).
Stress was given on linking the north and south bank of Brahmaputra river keeping the epicentre in Majuli. Sonowal also urged for the speedy completion of the four-lane works and proper maintenance of the existing stretches of the National Highways.
In the meeting, Sonowal also stated that due to slow-paced work in the construction of several stretches of National Highways, people are facing a lot of difficulties. He also asked for the Union minister’s intervention for the expeditious completion of the national highways from Nagaon bypass to Kaliabor (NH 37), Numaligarh to Dibrugarh (NH 37), Digboi to Ledo (NH 38), Jamugurihat to Gohpur (NH 52), Nirim Banglow to Harangjao (NH 54 E).