Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for the Dhubri-Phulbari Bridge over Brahmaputra, India’s longest road bridge, via a video conference on February 18.
This was called a vote gimmick as Assam was planning for the election of the Assembly. The length of the bridge is about 18 km.
The Dhubri-Phulbari Bridge will connect Dhubri, the district town of Assam located on the north bank of the Brahmaputra River, to Phulbari, a small township, partly in Assam (South Salmara Mankachar district) and mostly in the West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya. The bridge, which is to be situated 11 km from the international border with Bangladesh, is expected to reduce the travel time from more than four to five hours of rough and pitiful boating to just one hour.
The bridge across the river will be built on National Highway 127 B.
At present, small boats and ferries are being used to carry people around the Brahmaputra.
NH 127B is a national highway that spans about 371 km from Srirampur in Assam and ends at Nongstoin in Meghalaya.
The segment that crosses the Brahmaputra River is a missing connection of the road.
Vehicles from Dhubri in Assam to Tura in Meghalaya are forced to borrow along the river to cross Narnarayan Bridge in G.