GUWAHATI, March 1 - Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today laid the foundation stone for the six-lane bridge over the river Brahmaputra to connect Narengi with Kuruwa. The cost of the bridge is estimated at Rs 4238 crore.
Speaking on the occasion, Gogoi said that today is a historic day for the State as for the first time, the State government has started the process of constructing such a bridge over the river Brahmaputra with its own funds. He said that earlier, the people of Assam had to agitate for construction of bridges over the Brahmaputra, but now the State government is in a position to construct such bridges with its own funds.
The Chief Minister said that when the present office assumed office in 2001, the state finances were in a mess and the government was not in a position even to pay the salaries of its employees, not to speak of development of the State. But the situation has now changed as the law-and-order situation has improved and the State�s financial position showed a marked improvement. He said that the government has laid emphasis on development of infrastructure, including roads and bridges. Thousands of kilometres of new roads have been constructed, while wooden bridges have been replaced with concrete ones.
The State government has been receiving awards from the Centre for infrastructure development and only recently it received an award for power sector development, he added.
The function was also attended by PWD Minister Ajanta Neog and senior officers of the State government.