The proposed 18 Km-long bridge over the Brahmaputra river, connecting Assam with Meghalaya, will be constructed soon, said DoNER Ministry in a tweet on Sunday.

It will be the longest river bridge in India.

Sharing the good news on its Twitter handle on Sunday, the DoNER Ministry said:  “One of India’s longest road bridges is set to come up between #Assam and #Meghalaya over the Brahmaputra River.”

While retweeting the post, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma on his Twitter handle said the bridge will boost the transport connectivity in the Northeast.

“The proposed 18 Km-long bridge will be one of #India’s Longest Road Bridges that will connect #Meghalaya closer to #Assam. A major boost to #NorthEast’s transport connectivity,” the Meghalaya CM said.

The DoNER Ministry said the infrastructure sector heavyweight, L&T Construction has emerged as the lowest bidder for the construction of the 18-km-long strategic bridge at a cost of Rs 3,200 crore.

The four-lane bridge would run over the Brahmaputra river on the National Highway 127 B from Dhubri in Assam to Phulbari in Meghalaya.

It is expected that the bridge would reduce the distance between the two areas by about 203 km.

Dr Bhupen Hazarikia Setu, also known as Dhola Sadiya Bridge over Lohit River in Assam’s Tinsukia district, is currently the longest river in India.

This 9.15 Km-long bridge, which connects Assam with Arunachal Pradesh, was inaugurated on May 26, 2017 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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