SHILLONG: Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma inaugurated the longest road arch bridge in India- the Wahrew Bridge in Tharia village in Meghalaya on January 22.
Taking to his Twitter handle the chief minister wrote, "Inaugurated the Longest Road Arch Bridge in India, the Wahrew Bridge at #Sohbar constructed at Rs. 49.395 Cr under NLCPR of @MDoNER_India, connecting Bholaganj & Sohbar to Nongjri. We dedicate this to the progress of the area & (L)Dr Donkupar Roy."
The 169-metre Wahrew suspension bridge has been constructed at a cost of Rs 49.395 crore under NLCPR of Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region.
Notably, the funds for the bridge were sanctioned from the Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources of the Union Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER).
The project of India's longest arch bridge was sanctioned in 2013 while work started in 2014 and was finally completed on December 2018.
Further, the bridge will connect Bholaganj and Sohbar to Nongjri.
Speaking to media, the chief minister said that the bridge is dedicated to the progress of the area and will will be a major boost to the tourism sector in the state.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong asserted that the Sohbar Tharia Road under PMGSY will be completed in 2021 and to further improve its connectivity in the Sohbar Tharia Road area- an additional sanction for the border road connectivity, a work order will be given in the coming month for the road connecting Dawki – Lyngkhat and Tharia.
Earlier, the longest bridge over the Brahmaputra-Dhubri-Phulbari bridge- which has been cleared for construction will connect Dhubri in Assam with Phulbari in Meghalaya.
As per reports, the contract worth Rs 2,500-5,000 crore was bagged by L&T Construction.
According to a statement from the L&T, the 19 km-long bridge will be built along National Highway 127-B and will feature a navigation bridge of 12.625 km, approach viaducts of 3.5 km on the Dhubri side in Assam and 2.2 km on the Phulbari side in Meghalaya, connected with approach roads and interchanges on both sides.
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