Longest bridge in India to be built on Brahmaputra river | Current Affairs, Current Affairs 2018

Longest bridge in India to be built on Brahmaputra river

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India’s longest river bridge will be built across the Brahmaputra, connecting Dhubri in Assam to Phulbari in Meghalaya.

As a result the bridge will cut road travel by 203 km as also travel time. The 19.3 km, four-lane bridge will be built by 2026-27.

According to a report publish in a national daily, National Highways and Industrial Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), recently reached out to global players in France. At present, vehicles take an over-200 km-long detour using the Naranarayan Bridge, which is 60 km upstream. The new bridge will complete the missing link of NH127B from Assam to Meghalaya.

It also state that small boats run between Dhubri and Phulbari. It takes about two and a half hours to cross the river. Currently, the longest river bridge in India, at 9.15 km, is the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge which was opened last year. It will hardly take 15-20 minutes to cross the river after the bridge becomes operational. It will push economic activities and development on both sides of the river. The tenders will be floated for the project and will be awarded to within this financial year. It will be a public-funded work. The construction of any bridge across the Brahmaputra takes time since construction work can be carried out only for six months in a year.

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