GUWAHATI: Assam and other northeastern states are in need of Rail Over Bridge/Road Under Bridge (ROB/RUB) construction, and MP Gaurav Gogoi urged 90:10 financing in a speech to the Lok Sabha.
As MP Gaurav Gogoi continued to emphasise the necessity of a Rail Over Bridge/Road Under Bridge in his district's Chungajan and Tengani, he said, "If we go by tradition, the Central government contribution is at least 80-90 percent in all the northeastern railway projects."
On the other hand, the state government often has a 10–20% share. Additionally, MP Gaurav Gogoi further asserted that when the MP approached the railway department about the need for a level crossing, the railways allegedly responded that the state government should be responsible for covering the full cost.
Om Birla, the speaker, was encouraged by Gaurav Gogoi to ask the railway department to maintain the financial mechanism in place from earlier in time.
In close proximity to the current Saraighat bridge in Guwahati, the Central government on September 28 approved a new project for a rail-cum-road bridge across the Brahmaputra river.
According to the sources, The Rail-Cross-Road Bridge over the Brahmaputra River will cost Rs. 996.75 crores.
"Furthering PM Shri @narendramodi Ji's vision of #GatiShakti. The project for Rail-cum-Road Bridge across Brahmaputra river near the existing Saraighat bridge at Guwahati has been approved at the cost of Rs. 996.75 Cr..,'' Tweet read of Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari.
Gadkari also added, "The cost of approaches/viaducts is Rs 322 crore and will be entirely built by NHAI." He also stated that the Ministry of Railways and NHAI will split the project's cost.
Additionally, he stated that the bridge would span the Brahmaputra River to link Assam's north and south banks, or Guwahati and Assam, respectively.