GUWAHATI: Assam’s Chief Minister, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, took a significant step towards enhancing connectivity and infrastructure in the state by inaugurating three vital bridges in the Barak Valley, representing a combined expenditure of Rs 159 crore.
The Chief Minister, upon his arrival at Kumbhirgram Airport in Silchar on Thursday, proceeded to the Badripar Bridge Site, Silchar, by road.
Here, he formally inaugurated the bridge spanning the River Barak, linking Barenga and Kashipur. This impressive bridge, constructed at a cost of Rs 58 crore, spans nearly 1 km in length and establishes a crucial connection between NH-37 and NH-54 along the Silchar-Fulertal Road.
The second bridge inaugurated by the Chief Minister crosses the Barak River near Itkhola Ghat, facilitating the connection between Dudhpati and Silchar. This project was completed at a cost of Rs 87 crore.
The third RCC bridge, constructed over the Sonai River at a cost of Rs 14 crore, holds immense significance as it provides road connectivity to over 7,000 residents of Dungripar village in Sonai.
Sharing his excitement on a popular micro-blogging website, the Chief Minister wrote, “Our double engine Government is on a mission to build 1,000 bridges in Assam by 2026. Today, we have dedicated 3 new bridges to the people of Barak Valley, built at a cost of ₹159 cr.”
Furthermore, Sarma is scheduled to unveil several other crucial developmental projects, including the inauguration of a convention centre. He also addressed a gathering at Silchar’s DSA ground apart from revealing plans to unveil one of the largest statues in Barak Valley, commemorating Assam’s visionary leader, Lachit Barphukan.
Earlier, the Assam government, in a bid to improve road connectivity and overall infrastructure, had announced that it will launch 21 flyovers and bridge projects across the state in coming time.