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Fri, 24 May 2019

Northeast Today

India’s longest bridge set to come up between Assam & Meghalaya

India’s longest bridge set to come up between Assam & Meghalaya
March 08
12:50 2019

NET Bureau

The proposed Dhubri-Phulbari bridge is set to replace the 9.1-km-long Bhupen Hazarika Setu as India’s longest bridge

The Narendra Modi cabinet has approved the construction of the Dhubri-Phulbari bridge over the Brahmaputra, which, when completed, will become India’s longest bridge.

The 19.8-km-long bridge had been proposed four years ago by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), which falls under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, to reduce the distance between Dhubri in Assam and Phulbari in Meghalaya.

The bridge will replace the 9.1-km-long Bhupen Hazarika Setu, also known as the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge in eastern Assam, as India’s longest bridge.

Dhubri and Phulbari lie on either bank of the extremely wide Brahmaputra just before it flows into Bangladesh. But the road distance between them is currently about 210 km, via the Naranarayana Setu between the Bongaigaon and Goalpara districts.

‘In the past, the easiest and fastest way to travel between Dhubri and Phulbari was by motorboat, and even that took about three hours,’ said Manmohan Deol, general manager (technical) of the NHIDCL. ‘In the rainy season, the journey was impossible because the Brahmaputra usually flows above the danger mark. Even otherwise, travel on this route would depend on the availability of motorboats.’

The project involves a total capital cost of about Rs 5,000 crore. It will be built under Phase 3 of the Northeast Road Network Connectivity Project, with the Japan International Cooperation Agency providing the loan.

Source: The Print

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