Guwahati, April 5: On Tuesday, at the closing ceremony of ‘Namami Brahmaputra’ Northeast region got offered with the first ever highway project of Rs.40,000 Crore. This highway project will be developed along the Brahmaputra River in Assam at an estimated investment of Rs 40,000 Crore.
While announcing during the closing ceremony of ‘Namami Brahmaputra’ Union Road Minister Nitin Gadkari said that "Northeast is our priority. We are going to develop the first express highway of North East in Assam along the banks of Brahmaputra. This 1,300 km-long express highway is likely to incur an investment of Rs 40,000 crore.” Also the Minister Gadkari requested the Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to carry out land acquisition work for the modern road.
In Gadkari's presence, a tripartite agreement was signed for dredging and construction of the express highway in Assam. The agreement was signed between the Assam government, the National Highways Authority of India and the Inland Waterways of India. The Centre will dredge the Brahmaputra river from Sadia in Upper Assam to increase navigational channels up to Chittagong port in Bangladesh. "The land acquisition has to be done by the state. The sand the soil coming from the dredging of Brahmaputra will be utilized for construction of the road," Gadkari said. He said that the express highway will be axis-controlled and vehicles will be able to ply at very high speed. The government will provide funds for the development of 56 jetties on the banks of Brahmaputra and operationalize five more Roll-On and Roll-Off vessels to improve waterway communication in the state.