by NEWSNER , 2021-02-18 15:11:42
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Mahabahu-Brahmaputra’, laid the inspiration stone of Dhubri Phulbari Bridge and performed Bhumi Pujan for construction of Majuli Bridge in Assam on February 18, 2021, via video conferencing.
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, MoS (I/C) for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Nitin Gadkari, Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal and Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma were present on the occasion.
The launch of Mahabahu-Brahmaputra was 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 River Brahmaputra and launch of digital solutions for Ease-of-Doing-Business. The program is aimed toward providing seamless connectivity to the Eastern parts of India and includes various development activities for the people living around River Brahmaputra and River Barak.
The Ro-Pax services will help in reducing the period by providing connectivity between banks and thus reducing the space to be travelled by road. The Ro-Pax operation between Neamati and Majuli will reduce the entire distance of 420 Km currently being travelled by vehicles to only 12 Km, leading to a considerable impact on the logistics of small-scale industries of the region. Two indigenously procured Ro-Pax vessels, namely, M.V. Rani Gaidinliu and M.V. Sachin Dev Burman, shall become operational. Introduction of Ro-Pax vessel M.V. J.F.R. Jacob between North and South Guwahati will reduce travelling distance of around 40 Km to a mere 3 Km. Introduction of M.V. Bob Khathing between Dhubri and Hatsingimari will reduce travelling distance of 220 Km to twenty-eight Km, thus leading to an enormous saving of travel distance and time.
The programme also includes shilanyas for construction of tourist jetties at four locations, namely, Neamati, Biswanath Ghat, Pandu and Jogighopa with the financial assistance of Rs. 9.41 crores from the Ministry of Tourism. These jetties will promote river cruise tourism, generate local employment and also generate growth for local business.
A permanent Inland Water Transport Terminal also will be built at Jogighopa under the program, which can connect with the Multi-Modal Logistics Park also arising at Jogighopa. This Terminal will help in reducing the traffic on the Siliguri Corridor towards Kolkata and Haldia. it'll facilitate the uninterrupted movement of cargo even during flood season to the varied North-Eastern States like Meghalaya and Tripura and Bhutan and Bangladesh also.
The Prime Minister also launched two e-portals to further simple Doing Business. The Car-D (Cargo Data) portal will collate cargo and cruise data on a real-time basis. PANI (Portal for Asset and Navigation Information) will act as a one-stop solution for providing information about river navigation and infrastructure.
Dhubri Phulbari Bridge:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the inspiration stone for the four-lane bridge over the Brahmaputra between Dhubri (on North Bank) and Phulbari (on South Bank). The proposed Bridge are going to be located on NH-127B, originating from Srirampur on NH-27 (East-West Corridor), and terminating at Nongstoin on NH-106 within the State of Meghalaya. it'll connect Dhubri in Assam to Phulbari, Tura, Rongram and Rongjeng in Meghalaya.
The bridge, to be built with a complete cost of approx 4997 cr, will meet the long-standing demand of the people from Assam and Meghalaya who were counting on ferry services to travel between the 2 banks of the river. it'll reduce the space of 205 Km to be travelled by Road to 19 Km, which is that the total length of the bridge.
Prime Minister will perform Bhumi Pujan for the two-lane Bridge on the Brahmaputra between Majuli (North Bank) and Jorhat (South Bank).
The bridge is going to be located on NH-715K and can connect Neematighat (on Jorhat side) and Kamalabari (on Majuli side). the development of the bridge has been an extended demand of the people of Majuli who for generations are hooked in to the ferry services to attach with the mainland of Assam.