The longest bridge in the country will come up in Assam soon. Twin bridges running along 126 kilometres will stretch from Sivasagar in Upper Assam, connecting the river island Majuli to the rest of the state. The project, running up to Rs 15,000 crores, has been sanctioned by the Centre.
A South Korean company is working on a detailed project report (DPR), which will take a year to complete. The bridges will start at the Nitai Pukhuri bridge in Sivasagar, pass via the Tekeli Phuta bridge in Dhakuakhana, from where the bridge will trifurcate and connect Majuli island at the ports at Kamalabari and at Nemati. Majuli, the biggest river island in the world, was earlier part of the Jorhat district. Majuli has now been declared an independent district. The state is also working on the island’s problem of erosion.
The government is working on a project to dredge the riverbed so that it can hold more water. This will allow for the passage for ships of up to 10,000 metric tonnes via the river. The sand that will be deposited on both sides of the river will be converted into national highways to stop the erosion. The idea was mooted by the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and
Shipping, Nitin Gadkari.
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