Shillong, Feb 18: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone of a bridge across river Brahmaputra fulfilling the long pending demand of the people of Assam and Meghalaya.
The demand for a bridge over river Brahmaputra, between Dhubri in Assam and Phulbari in Meghalaya is 10 years old. With this, distance between the two places will be shortened by 203 kms. Assam and Meghalaya will have a direct connection with West Bengal through this bridge.
The people of Meghalaya (Phulbari) on South bank of Brahmaputra River and People of Assam (near Dhubri) on North Bank of Brahmaputra river have to travel long distance to meet their day to day economic activities with developed towns of Meghalaya and Assam. This 4 lane Dhubri – Phulbari Bridge to be constructed on River Brahamputra in the State of Assam and Meghalaya on NH-127B costing Rs 4997 crore will reduce travel distance from 205 km to only 19 km and travel time from six hours to 20 minutes.
This project will provide direct connectivity between Dhubri (Assam) and (Phulbari) Meghalaya. At present, there is Ferry services the only means between Dhubri on North Bank and Phulbari on South bank and it will meet Long standing demand of locals.
The bridge will provide a third alternative link to the States Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Barak valley region of Assam with the rest of the country.
This will strengthening linkages between rural and urban economies serving more than 2 million commuters and also improve the regional connectivity by connecting Bangladesh with Bhutan through Dalu in Meghalaya on India-Bangladesh border and Hatisar (in Assam on India-Bhutan border) via Tura, Phulbari, Dhubri, Srirampur and Samthaibari.