Jul 12
Bridging the Gap
Bridging the Gap
THE momentous foundation-stone laying ceremony for the Dhubri-Phulbari bridge over the Brahmaputra river in Assam by Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi on 18 February was a proud moment for L&T. The proposed 19-km four-lane bridge will help connect cultures and boost connectivity within the northeast region.
Mr Sarbananda Sonowal (Chief Minister - Assam), Mr Conrad K Sangma (Chief Minister - Meghalaya), Mr Nitin Gadkari (Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways & MSME) and other dignitaries were present at the ceremony.
The Prime Minister said: “The facility would improve connectivity and reduce the distance between Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Assam. The current distance between Dhubri and Phulbari is about 250 km, and once the bridge is ready, the distance will be reduced to just 19-20 km. This is going to be a bridge of convenience and possibilities.”
Mr Gadkari said that the bridge would fulfil a long-standing need, providing a third alternative link from the rest of the country to Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, and the Barak Valley region of Assam.
Officials of the National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) revealed that this bridge is going to be the most advanced of its kind. It will be designed using state-of-the-art solutions, and will drastically improve life for the millions of commuters who cross the Brahmaputra daily.
The Project Director of L&T’s Heavy Civil Infrastructure vertical, Mr V R Saravana Kumar, briefed NHIDCL Director (Technical) Mr Vinay K Rajawat and Executive Director Mr Pankaj Singh on the salient features of the historic project.


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