/PM to launch ‘Mahabahu-Brahmaputra’ and lay the foundation stone of two bridges in Assam

PM to launch ‘Mahabahu-Brahmaputra’ and lay the foundation stone of two bridges in Assam

The launch of the Mahabahu-Brahmaputra will be marked by the opening of Ro-Pax vessel operations between Nemati-Majuli Island, North Guwahati-South Guwahati and Dhubri-Hatsingimari; The foundation stone of the Inland Water Transport (IWT) terminal at Jogigopa and various tourist ferries on the Brahmaputra River and the launch of digital solutions for Ease of Doing-Business. The program aims to provide seamless connectivity in the eastern parts of India and includes various development activities for people living around the Brahmaputra and Barak River.

The program also includes the foundation stone for construction of tourist jetties at four places, namely, Nemati, Biswanath Ghat, Pandu and Jogigopa with a cost of Rs. 9.41 crores from the Ministry of Tourism. These jetty river cruises will promote tourism, generate local employment and also develop for local trade.

The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for a four-lane bridge over the Brahmaputra between Dhubri (in the north bank) and Phulbari (on the south bank). The proposed bridge will be located on NH-127B, which originates from Shrirampur on NH-27 (East-West Corridor), and terminates at Nongstoin on NH-106 in the state of Meghalaya. It will connect Dhubri in Assam to Phulbari, Tura, Rongram and Rongjeng in Meghalaya.

The bridge, built at a cost of about 4997 crores, will meet the long standing demand of the people of Assam and Meghalaya, who depended on ferry services to travel between the two banks of the river. This will reduce the distance to 205 kilometers to cover 19 kilometers by road, which is the total length of the bridge.

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