CM lays foundation of Rs 4,238 crore rengi-Kuruwa bridge
BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, March 1: Barely a week after Union Minister Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stones of two major bridges over the Brahmaputra connecting Jorhat and Lakhimpur via Majuli and Sivasagar and North Lakhimpur via Disangmukh, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of a six-lane bridge over Brahmaputra connecting Karuwa and rengi near Bonda in Chandrapur area of the city.
Addressing people on the occasion, Gogoi said that today’s date will be written in golden letters in the history of Assam as it is for the first time that the State government has announced to build a bridge over Brahmaputra on its own without taking any money from the Centre. The project is estimated to cost Rs 4,238 crore.
“This also proves how far Assam has travelled in the last 15 years, from total fincial mismagement and fincial crisis in 2001 to taking up such a mega project in 2016,” Gogoi said.
Stating that this bridge will boost economic development in the Northern bank of Brahmaputra, Gogoi said that the bridge will shorten the distance between Mangoldoi, Dhekiajuli as well as Aruchal Pradesh with Guwahati.
The rengi-Kuruwa connecting bridge over Brahmaputra will be 2.89 km long upon completion. The Chief Minister hoped it will help in controlling the rapid growth of population in Guwahati as the bridge will open up communication with the Northern bank.