Is PM Modi’s Mahabahu-Brahmaputra launch just an Election Stunt? |The Readers Time

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to launch ‘Mahabahu-Brahmaputra’ and lay the foundation stone for Dhubri-Phulbari Bridge and perform Bhumi Pujan for construction of Majuli Bridge Assam at 12 noon through video conference on 18 February 2021. This will be India’s longest road bridge, about 18 km. The occasion will also be attended by Chief Minister of Assam and Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways.

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Since the Assembly Elections are nearing, this is being considered just as an election stunt. 

The proposed bridge will connect Dhubri, located at the north bank of river Brahmaputra of Assam to Phulbari, Rongram, Rongjeng and Tura in Meghalaya. 

The bridge, situated 11 km from the international border with Bangladesh, is expected to cut the travel time from more than four to five hours of tough and pathetic boat trips to just an hour. The new bridge will be built on NH-127B, starting on NH-27 (East-West Corridor) at Srirampur, and ending on NH-106 at Nongstoin in Meghalaya State.

Small boats and ferries are currently being used to move people across the Brahmaputra. Automobiles from Dhubri in Assam to Tura in Meghalaya are pressured by debtors along the river to pass the Narnarayan bridge in Assam’s Goalpara district, which is about 60 km upstream, thereby raising the journey by about 150 km.

The four lane bridge, to be constructed at a total cost of approximately 4997 cr, will meet the long-waiting demand of Assam and Meghalaya individuals who rely on ferries to navigate between the two river banks. The gap of 205 km to be traveled by road would be reduced to 19 km that is the total length of the bridge.

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