Barpeta, May 18: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal laid the foundation stone of a Railway overbridge at Barpeta road on state highway connecting Manas National Park with Barpeta road at a function held Barpeta on Friday. The railway overbridge will be constructed with an expenditure of Rs. 43.87 crore under NLCPR in two year period. While the Government of India will bear Rs. 30.74 crore of the entire project coast, the Government of Assam will pump in another Rs. 13.13 crore to complete the project.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal underscored the rich tradition of cultural homogeneity and coexistence set forth by Satra nagari Barpeta and urged the people to take that forward to every corner of the State. Stating that India is a young country with more than 60 per cent of its population below the age of 35 years, Chief Minister Sonowal said that considering large pool of young population, the government is taking up several programmes to re-orient the young generation and develop their skills with the help of latest technological innovations. He also mentioned that the State government has already set up several skill development centers at different development blocks of the State.
Further saying that Assam is experiencing rapid transformation in every sphere of public life, the Chief Minister sought the cooperation and guidance of the people in State’s march towards prosperity. Terming that corrupt practices hinder growth of a State, Sonowal said that with the active support of the people, the State government is relentlessly fighting against corruption and all its manifestations. Sonowal also said that the State government aims at providing a better social environment with greater opportunities for the youth and maintained that its uncompromising fight against corruption helped the people to repose their confidence in governance.
Chief Minister Sonowal also stressed on the importance of ethical values in social life and asserted that this government would always uphold public interest. He also urged the people to keep close watch on the activities of the government and offer constructive criticism.
Finance, PWD Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma while speaking on the occasion said that the railway overbridge once completed would facilitate better traffic movement to Manas National Park and ease out traffic congestion at Barpeta Road besides making positive impact on local trade and commerce. He also announced that the State PWD would soon start construction of another railway overbridge at Sarbhog. The PWD Minister further informed that the government of India has sanctioned 8000 km roads for the State under PMGSY during the current fiscal and the State government would also convert 1200 km additional road into pavers block. Dr. Sarma also informed that the government would soon start repairing works of 20000 km roads simultaneously in the State.
Chairman Housefed and Local MLA Ranjeet Kr. Dass in his speech thanked the Chief Minister and the PWD Minister for taking the lead in sanctioning the project. Dass also highlighted the background of the project and spoke about different steps which are being planned for giving a boost to the development narratives of Sarbhog constituency.
Barpeta Deputy Commissioner Thaneswar Malakar, Superintendent of Police Violet Baruah, prominent social worker Sankar Das, Chief Engineers of PWD and several other distinguished personalities were present in the meeting.