Guwahati: The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has approved Rs 4,500 crore for the highly ambitious Guwahati Ring Road project.
Nitin Gadkari, union minister for Road Transport and Highways, who was in Guwahati to review national highway projects in Northeast India, announced the approval of the Guwahati Ring Road project.
The union minister said the DPR of Guwahati Ring Road project; including a new bridge over Brahmaputra connecting Narengi and Kuruwa has been approved.
A Ring Road in Guwahati is the need of the hour to ease the traffic congestion.
The proposed Guwahati Ring Road will pass through Jalukbari, Baihata Chariali, Dumunichowki, Kuruwa and Narengi to meet the Guwahati bypass at Khanapara.
The Guwahati Ring Road will include a six-lane bridge over the Brahmaputra connecting Kuruwa with Narengi.
Total length of the Guwahati Ring Road will be around 91 km, NHAI officials said, adding that out of the total 91-km long project, a length of 44 km from Khanapara to Baihata Chariali has already been completed.
The stretch from Khanapara to Narengi is 10-km, and the existing four-lane road (VIP Road) will be developed and widened.
On the Narengi-Kuruwa stretch, there will be a bridge over over the Brahmaputra, and the 26-km long Kuruwa-Dumunichowki stretch 26 km will get a new four-lane road, and RITES has already completed the feasibility study.
The 11-km stretch from Dumunichowki to Baihata Chariali is part of NH-52, and will be upgraded to a four-lane highway.
In addition to construction of the new bridge on Brahmaputra, around 47 km road has to be improved or constructed to give final shape to the Guwahati Ring Road project.