A 14-year old plan of constructing a road-only, six-lane bridge for connecting the northern and southern banks of Brahmaputra river in Guwahati which till now was restricted only on paper, will finally see the light of day.
Assam’s Finance and PWD Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the construction of the bridge will start within the next six months and is expected to be completed by 2022.
The layout of the bridge was designed by IIT Guwahati and the total budget for construction of the bridge is estimated to be around Rs. 1890 crore, of which Rs 1512 crore is to be provided by the BRICS New Development Bank.
This has indeed come as happy news for the people of Guwahati as the proposed bridge will ease commuting between the two banks considerably. Currently the commute is time consuming and expensive.
The total length of the bridge will be 1.6 km, of which 1.24 km will be a multi-span extradozed bridge- a technology superior to conventional bridge designs in terms of construction, safety and aesthetics
A 40-year old demand of the local people is set to be fulfilled soon. Currently , people use unsafe mechanized boats for commuting from North Guwahati as travelling by Saraighat Bridge is costly, reports TOI.
The unfortunate incident in which a mechanized country boat carrying 40 passengers capsized in the Brahmaputra made the government realize that had the proposed bridge been present today, the accident wouldn’t have occurred. So they have decided to take action by planning to set up the bridge which is sure to bring relief to people.