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Will bring back lost glory of Dibrugarh as major river port of India: Sarbananda Sonowal

Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal visited the site for proposed Cargo Terminal

Sarbananda Sonowal

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  25 Oct 2021 4:18 AM GMT

DIBRUGARH: Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal visited the site for proposed Cargo Terminal, Tourist Jetty and River Front Development projects near Bogibeel Bridge in Dibrugarh and held a meeting with stakeholders on the occasion to commence fast implementation of the works, stated a press release.

A major river port in colonial times, Dibrugarh was an important contributor to India's economic growth. The Union Minister stated that necessary steps are being taken to once again make Dibrugarh a major river port of the country. "The opportunities provided by PM Narendra Modi in developing the NW 2(Brahmaputra) and NW 16 (Barak) is leveraging our connectivity with Bangladesh and giving us the route to reach markets of the world. We are hence establishing MMLPs and developing river ports in various parts of Assam. In Dibrugarh, a port for cargo and passengers will be built," the Minister said. He added that the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, the Inland Water Transport Department of Assam Government and North East Frontier Railway are working together to develop the area near the Bogibeel Bridge.

"PM Narendra Modi ji's Act East Policy has transformed the Northeast into a connectivity hub. Led by the PM Gati Shakti - National Master Plan, an integrated plan for speeding up cargo movement on the river Brahmaputra is being envisaged. It will open up employment avenues and provide global market access to local products," the Union Minister said. He also spoke on how improved connectivity is bringing a sea change in the lives of the people, giving youths and businesses of the region to reach out to domestic as well as international markets, realising the ideal of Local for Global.

IWAI Member (Technical) Shri Ashutosh Gautam, Principal Commissioner (Transport), GoA Shri KK Dwivedi, GM NF Railway Anshul Gupta, officials and dignitaries were present on the occasion.

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