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Guwahati: Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma visited the construction site of the upcoming bridge over the Brahmaputra River, connecting Guwahati with North Guwahati, to assess the progress of the construction work on June 11. Accompanied by officials, Dr. Sarma boarded a ship at Lachit Ghat and closely inspected the ongoing works across the river, extending up to North Guwahati. During his on-site visit, he held discussions with the construction engineers from the executing agency and the Public Works Department (PWD).
Emphasizing the importance of risk management during the construction process, the Chief Minister thoroughly evaluated the measures taken. He also reviewed the financial and physical progress of the bridge, examining a detailed presentation prepared by the executing agency and the PWD. Speaking to the media afterward, Dr. Sarma informed that the construction work for the bridge has reached 73% completion, with approximately Rs. 1900 crore out of the total budget of Rs. 2600 crore already utilized.
Keeping in mind the recent incident of a bridge collapse in Bihar, the Chief Minister highlighted the special attention and monitoring being given to the construction of this bridge. To ensure compliance with all safety protocols, an IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) will be engaged to conduct quality auditing of the ongoing construction. Dr. Sarma further announced that the bridge is expected to be dedicated to the nation’s service by next year.