The construction arm of Indian engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) to services multinational, Larsen & Toubro has secured a large contract to construct the country’s longest road bridge across River Brahmaputra.
When completed, the 19 km bridge will connect Dhubri in Assam to Phulbari in Meghalaya in the region.
The bridge will be built by L&T Construction along National Highway 127-B and will feature a navigation bridge of 12.625 km and approach viaducts of 3.5 km on the Dhubri side and 2.2 km on the Phulbari side that will be connected with approach roads and interchanges on both sides.
“This is an extremely challenging project, and we thank our client, National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. (NHIDCL) for reposing confidence in our capability to build such a defining piece of infrastructure,” averred SV Desai, Whole Time Director & Senior Executive Vice President Civil Infrastructure, L&T.
Elaborating on the significance of the Dhubri-Phulbari bridge project, he added, “Not only will it be an important passage for offering easier access to our Northeastern international borders but will give a huge fillip to trade and commerce in the region for the accelerated development of all the Northeastern states especially Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and the Barak Valley.”
The bridge will be of huge strategic importance as it will help improve the connectivity of the Northeastern states with the rest of the country and establish a vital link between Assam and Meghalaya by reducing the distance between the two states by 250 km.
Currently, the travel between Dhubri and Phulbari by river ferry services takes upwards of two hours.