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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually launch and lay the foundation of a series of infrastructure projects in Assam on Thursday, a move aimed at improving connectivity and water transportation in the state.
The projects include the launch of the ‘Mahabahu-Brahmaputra’ which will be marked by the inauguration of the Ro-Pax vessel operations between Neamati-Majuli Island, North Guwahati-South Guwahati and Dhubri-Hatsingimari; shilanyas of Inland Water Transport (IWT) Terminal at Jogighopa and various tourist jetties on the Brahmaputra and launch of digital solutions for ease-of-doing-business.
The projects are aimed at providing seamless connectivity to the eastern parts of India and include various development activities along the Brahmaputra and Barak river banks.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also lay the foundation stone for the four-lane bridge over the Brahmaputra between Dhubri (on the north bank) and Phulbari (on the south bank).
The proposed Dhubri-Phulbari Bridge will be on NH-127B, originating from Srirampur on NH-27 (East-West Corridor), and ending at Nongstoin on NH-106 in the State of Meghalaya.
It will connect Dhubri in Assam to Phulbari, Tura, Rongram and Rongjeng in Meghalaya.
Besides, the bridge will reduce the distance of 205 km to be travelled by road to 19 km, which is the total length of the bridge.
The Prime Minister will also perform a bhumi pujan for the two-lane bridge on the Brahmaputra between Majuli (north bank) and Jorhat (south bank).
The bridge will be on NH-715K and will connect Neematighat (on the Jorhat side) and Kamalabari (on the Majuli side).
The construction of the bridge has been a long demand of the people of Majuli, who for generations have depended on the ferry services to connect with the mainland of Assam.
The project inauguration precedes the Prime Minister’s third visit to the state, in just about a month, to launch the implementation of a project for capacity augmentation of the Bongaigaon Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited at Silapathar in Dhemaji district on February 22.
(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)
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