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Second bridge over Brahmaputra at Kaliabhomora soon

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 Tezpur, Feb 4: People of the northern belt will soon be able to enjoy hassle-free surface communication as soon as the ongoing construction work of the four-lane project from Dibrugarh via Koliabar-Chariali bordering Sonitpur district and Tezpur Dolabari and Jamuguri areas up to Dhemaji, connecting the northern and southern belts and the neighbouring State of Aruchal Pradesh is completed. Besides, a few major bridges, including an additiol bridge over River Brahmaputra at Koliabhomora area and Chowkighat, are also slated to get completed as the tiol Highway Infrastructure Development Authority (NHIDA) has already released the required funds specially sanctioned for the big-budget project.

 It is speculated that fund amounting to Rs 600 crore will be required for construction of this 3 km-long bridge.  The bridge is going to be constructed over 26 pillars and in the meantime, installation for 16 pillars had already been started and at present, around 600 workers are engaged in full phase for speedy completion of the project. It is projected that the construction will be completed by 2018, though it mostly depends on the water-level of River Brahmaputra. Mentioble here that for the last five years, the water level was very low and 600 workers were working conveniently but at present, obtaining the due permission from the authority, as the area comes under Bhomoraguri Reserve Forest area, has resulted in inconvenience and slowed down the progress of the construction, said the authority of the Construction Association, Gamon India and  SP Singla Group.

Due to the gradual increase of traffic volume and the dilapidated condition of NH 15 and 37 (A), motorists and common people have been facing a slew of problems, besides witnessing frequent road accidents in the last few years. More importantly, hundreds of Lakhimpur or Dhemaji-bound vehicles plying from either Guwahati or from any part of upper Assam have to touch Tezpur town, compounding its traffic problems. But the administration here hopes that as soon as this four-lane project is completed, people will get respite from the traffic problem, besides better communication, which will also result in the socio-economic development of the region.

Addressing a press conference recently, the Deputy Commissioner of Sonitpur, Manoj Kumar Deka revealed that the funding agency tiol Highway Infrastructure Development Authority (NHIDA) of the Government of India had already released an amount of Rs 2,68.40 crore for the project. “The work is on in full swing and the inhabitants who have lost their properties for the ongoing construction work have been paid their compensation under the Fair-Compensation Act.” The Deputy Commissioner added that in Jamuguri and Gohpur and surrounding areas, a problem in connection with releasing of lands occupied by the locality stood as a constraint, but that had also been settled. He also urged the people to extend their helping hand for the early completion of the big-budget project. However, replying to a query regarding discrimition in giving compensation in some areas, he said that though such questions did arise, they were settled as per government norms.

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