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NEW DELHI: The authorities will kick off building work of two essential and politically essential bridge tasks in ballot sure Assam on Wednesday. While the 19 km bridge on Brahmaputra from Dhubri (in Assam) to Phulbari (in Meghalaya) would be the longest bridge in India, the beginning of labor for the two-lane bridge from Jorhat to Majuli island is critical contemplating that the federal government has introduced down the fee drastically by redesigning and restructuring the venture.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union highways minister Nitin Gadkari will launch the development of Dhubri-Phulbari bridge, which was a protracted standing demand and cut back the present street distance by 205 km. The want for this bridge was felt in April 2012, when a ship carrying 305 passengers had capsized on the Brahmaputra. The venture would price the federal government Rs four,997 crore.
Sources stated within the case of the Jorhat-Majuli island bridge venture, the fee got here down drastically after the street ministry affected a number of redesigns and restructuring of the venture. While in August 2019 the venture was estimated at Rs 1,800 crore, the street ministry decreased the width of the 6.eight km bridge and included building of just one.2 km strategy street to carry down the fee with the venture lastly being bid out at Rs 687 crore.
Sources stated this was a political promise that the chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal had made to the individuals of the world’s largest inhabited river island and therefore beginning work earlier than the election is essential for the BJP authorities.
“We reviewed the project at different stages of preparation and it helped us in the best price discovery. Our focus is now to reduce the cost of projects by going for innovative solutions. The bridge is crucial for people living on the island,” Gadkari advised TOI.
Sources stated the ministry prioritised the constructing of the two-lane bridge over the opposite proposed roads contemplating that the bridge building will take no less than 4 years. “We can subsequently take up road projects in the next two years so that the roads would be ready by the time the bridge becomes operational,” stated a ministry official.
He added that in 2018, the state authorities had proposed building of the 6.eight km bridge and round 140 km of street at a price of Rs eight,000 crore and later it was determined to take up building of the four-lane bridge over Brahmaputra and a 20 km street in August 2019 at Rs 2,494 crore. Subsequently, the ministry introduced down the width of the bridge to 2 lanes and proposed to construct 20 km of street at Rs 1,800 crore. “Finally, a decision was taken to build the bridge and only 1.2 km approach road. But even then the estimated cost was Rs 1,092 crore. The project underwent several reviews and finally it was awarded at Rs 687 crore to UP Bridge Corporation,” stated the official.

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