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Bridge to connect India and B’desh in M’laya
Correspondent SHILLONG, NOV 12:
Published on 12 Nov. 2009 11:39 PM IST
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The foundation stone for a two-lane bridge connecting India and Bangladesh over River Umngot at Dawki in Meghalaya will be laid tomorrow. Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Mahadev Singh Khandela will lay the foundation stone of the 165 metre long bridge. The two-lane bridge, which is also part of Prime Minister’s package is estimated at the cost of Rs 23.12 crore, will be longest bridge in Meghalaya bordering Bangladesh. “The bridge will help in bridging the gap with Bangladesh. It will also help in shorten the distance and expedite trade movement,” State Public Work Department Minister, Martin M Danggo told UNI here. Once completed, the two-lane bridge is expected to replace the single-lane 136-metre suspension bridge built by the British as the overland link between the provinces of East Bengal and Assam. “The present suspension bridge built by the British in 1932 has already outlived its utility and public is facing major load restrictions,” state Public Works Department chief engineer, SB Chyrmang said. With a permanent bridge across the river, he said heavy vehicles will not longer take a long detour via Jowai to reach Dawki. In fact, the construction of the bridge has been delayed for 13 years due to contractor’s higher quoted rates. Dawki forms a crucial part of the trade corridor between Bangladesh and the Northeastern states. The area where the new bridge is being planned falls along the 163-km road from Jorabat near Assam-Meghalaya border to Tamabil in Bangladesh via Shillong on NH 40, connecting the two Northeastern states to the international border.

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