Guwahati: The Central government on Wednesday approved another rail cum road bridge over river Brahmaputra in Guwahati. The road and surface transport ministry has allocated Rs. 997 crores for the construction of the third bridge over Brahmaputra in Guwahati. Appreciating the decision taken by Prime Minister Modi government for the construction of the second road cum rail bridge over Brahmaputra in Guwahati for smooth and faster communication, Assam CM Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma said- My gratitude to Adarniya PM Shri Narendra Modi ji for his continued push to development of North East. The approval of a new rail-cum-road bridge across Brahmaputra near the existing Saraighat bridge at Guwahati for ₹996.75 crore is another step forward. Grateful Shri Nitin Gadkari ji for the great initiative taken by his ministry.
The Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal extended heartfelt gratitude for the new rail cum road bridge over Brahmaputra to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on behalf of the people of Assam & the North-east. This is yet another step by the Union Government to improve the communication in the Northeast and Assam and help smoothen transport between the banks of the Brahmaputra. Earlier, the Union Minister of Roads Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari announced that the new rail and 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).
Speaking on this historic decision, the Union Minister, 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 Adaraniya Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji, on behalf of the people of Assam, for his untiring commitment and affection for 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. The new bridge will give momentum to the PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan as this project is going to play an important role. The Union Minister also thanked the Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari and the Union Minister of Railways, Ashwini Vaishnaw.