Centre sanctions new rail-cum-road bridge project worth Rs 996.75 cr in Guwahati – ET Auto

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The union government sanctioned a project worth Rs 996.75 cr to build the third rail-cum-road bridge over Brahmaputra in Guwahati.

This is yet another step by the government to improve the communication in the Northeast & Assam and help smoothen transport between the banks of the Brahmaputra.

The new bridge will also play a significant role in giving momentum to the PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took to Twitter to express his gratitude for the step taken by the government. He wrote, “My gratitude to Adarniya PM Shri @narendramodi ji for his continued push to development of North East. The approval of a new rail-cum-road bridge across Brahmaputra near existing Saraighat bridge at Guwahati for Rs 996.75 cr is another step forward. Grateful Shri @nitin_gadkari Ji.”

Earlier, the Union Minister of Roads Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari had announced that the new rail & road bridge over Brahmaputra will come up near the existing Straight bridge. The bridge will be built jointly by the Indian railways and National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), he had told.

Cabinet Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal said, “The historic announcement to build the third rail cum road bridge over Brahmaputra serves us a warm reminder how Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains committed for the development of Assam and the whole of Northeast. I want to thank our Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji, on behalf of the people of Assam, for his untiring commitment and affection for the growth & development of the region. Since the beginning of his government at the centre, PM Modi has always accorded special attention for the needs & requirements of the people of the Northeast. Today, people of the region are witnessing and experiencing how Modi ji’s call of ‘Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas’ are giving a new visor to the overall growth & development in the region. My sincere gratitude to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji for this bridge over the Brahmaputra on behalf of all the people of the region.”

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