Guwahati (Assam) , Oct 23: Times of India reported that India’s longest river bridge will be built across the Brahmaputra, connecting Dhubri in Assam to Phulbari in Meghalaya, and will cut road travel by 203km as also travel time.
The 19.3km, four-lane bridge will be built by 2026-27, government officials said. Considering how critical the bridge construction will be, the government’s highway construction wing, the National Highways and Industrial Development Corporation Ltd, recently reached out to global players in France.
Vehicles take an over-200km-long detour using the Naranarayan bridge, which is 60km upstream. The new bridge will complete the missing link of NH127B from Assam to Meghalaya.
Currently, 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 9.15km, is the Dhola-Sadiya bridge which was opened last year.
Some Basic Facts :
#The proposed new bridge will run between Dhubri and Phulbari. Currently, people cross the river either in small boats or by vehicles that have to take a longer route of 100 km before climbing the Naranarayan bridge. According to an official of the Assam’s Public Works Department, four lanes have been proposed for the project. A detailed project report is being prepared by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways through the National Highways and Industrial Development Corporation Limited (NICL) and an initial loan amount has been approved by Japanese funding agency JICA. As India looks to build yet another long river bridge, we list out the longest river bridges of the country.
# The country’s longest river bridge at present, which is 9.15 km long, lies between Dhola and Sadiya in Assam. Moreover, it extends up to 28.50 km if the approach roads on either side are included. The bridge reduces the distance from Rupai in Assam to Roing in Arunachal Pradesh by 165 km, and travel time from 6 hours to just an hour.
# The 6.2 km long bridge in Arunachal Pradesh, over the river Dibang, was opened this year. Currently, it is the second longest in the country.
# The 5.75 km long bridge between Patna and Hajipur, over the river Ganga is the next on the list of river bridges.
# The 5.6 km long Bandra Worli Sea Link in Mumbai is the longest bridge over sea. The sea-link project has been built by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) at a cost of Rs 1,702 crore.
# A 4.94 km long bridge, Bogibeel is all set to be opened this year.
# A 4.94 km long bridge, Bogibeel is all set to be opened this year. It is the country’s longest rail-cum-road river bridge. The bridge will be over the river Brahmaputra and will connect Dibrugarh in Assam to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh. It has two railway lines at its lower deck and a three-lane road bridge on the top. At present, a train journey from Arunachal Pradesh to Dibrugarh means a detour of 500 km via Guwahati. But, with the commencement of the Bogibeel bridge, the train journey will cover less than 100 km. Also, train travel time from Delhi to Dibrugarh will also come down by about 3 hours to 34 hours as against 37 hours presently.