27th Oct 2018 8:00 am
The new, four-lane bridge between Dhubri (Assam) and Phulbari (Meghalaya) will run across the Brahmaputra River and drastically reduce travel distance from 200km to just 20km.
India’s current longest river bridge – the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge across the Lohit River (a tributary of the Brahmaputra River) – is 9.15km long and connects the states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. However, the proposed new bridge across the Brahmaputra River is slated to be 19.3km long (more than double the length of the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge), four-lanes wide and will connect the states of Assam and Meghalaya, specifically the towns of Dhubri and Phulbari, respectively.
According to officials, once the bridge is operational it will reduce the distance travelled by commuters from 200km to just 20km. The 200km route that’s currently used is via the Narayan Bridge or by using Ferries (paused during the monsoon) across the Brahmaputra.
According to the National Highway and Industrial Development Corporation Limited, the bridge is expected to be completed by 2026-27.