The Barak river which flows down from Manipur to Bangladesh through southern Assam would soon have three new bridges on it, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said on Saturday. Inaugurating the three-day Namami Barak festival at Karimganj in southern Assam, chief minister Sonowal also said that the government would soon begin dredging the Barak river in order to make it more navigable and useful for trans-boundary river transport between India and Bangladesh.
“The government is planning to construct three new bridges on the Barak, one each in the three Barak Valley districts of Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj to improve road communication in southern Assam. The public works department has been already directed to prepare the Detailed Project Reports (DPR) for these three vital bridges,” Sonowal said. The Barak, which measures about 900 km from its source (in Manipur) to the mouth (in Bangladesh), of which 532 km is in India.
Sonowal also announced construction of a helipad in Karimganj and reviving the International Trade Centre at Sutarkandi on the Indo-Bangladedsh border for growth of trade and business. Expressing pleasure over introduction of a direct train from Silchar in southern Assam to Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, the chief minister also requested Rajen Gohain, Union minister of state for railways, to introduce a direct train from Silchar to Saurashtra (in Gujarat), and another to Dibrugarh in upper Assam.
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