Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on Thursday dedicated the state’s second longest bridge over the Tlawng river in Bairabi on the Assam-Mizoram border to the people.
The bridge, a pre-stressed concrete bridge, which is 160 metres long and 7.50 metres wide, was constructed by the PWD with funding by the North Eastern Council (NEC).
The construction work was executed by ABCI Infrastructure, a private company.
The construction of the bridge that began in June 2008 was completed in January this year.
Inaugurating the Rs 1,413.03 lakh concrete bridge, Lal Thanhawla said apart from improving connectivity between Mamit district in west Mizoram and Kolasib district in the northern part of the State, the bridge will open floodgate of opportunities and felicitate import of goods and export of local products.
Lalthanhawla further stressed that the new bridge will enhance importance of Kolasib district in general and Bairabi town in particular.
He also said that Bairabi town on the Assam-Mizoram border will develop once construction of a rail line between Sairang and Bairabi is completed.
According to the Indian Road Congress (IRC), the apex body of highway engineers in India, the bridge has the highest standard load capacity.
The Chief Minister further assured that his government will construct more agricultural link roads to assist farmers.
State Transport Minister John Rotluangliana, PWD Minister Lal Thanzara, Minister of State Vanlalawmpuii Chawngthu, Kolasib MLA Zoram Sangliana and political adviser to Chief Minister Lalrinmawia Ralte were also present on the occasion.