Centre Approves 4-Lane Bridge over Brahmaputra

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Centre Approves 4-Lane Bridge over Brahmaputra

G Plus News | March 01, 2019 13:55 hrs

GUWAHATI: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved a four-lane bridge over river Brahmaputra between Dhubri (on the North Bank) and Phulbari (on South Bank) on February 28.

The total length of the bridge will be 19.282 km, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters after by the CCEA meeting. 

The proposed four-lane bridge will connect the old town of Dhubri in Assam with the village of Phulbari in Meghalaya and shorten a huge amount of travel time.

Currently, those who travel across these states either take the Naranarayan bridge which is a huge inconvenience as it is 60 km upstream or, alternatively, row across the river in small boats which again takes about two and a half hours.

It is to be mentioned that the Dhubri District Administration has already begun the process of land acquisition for construction of roads to accommodate India’s longest river bridge over the Brahmaputra. 

Currently, the longest river bridge in India is at 9.15 km, is the Dhola-Sadiya bridge in Assam which became functional in 2017.

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