GUWAHATI, June 20 - The Central government has asked the National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) to award the work for the 20-km Dhubri-Phulbari bridge by this year-end.
The bridge, to be around 20 km in length, will be India�s longest bridge, surpassing the 9.15-km Dr Bhupen Hazarika Setu connecting Dhola and Sadiya, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May last year.
�The DPR preparation for the Dhubri-Phulbari bridge is in final stages. The DPR is being prepared by the US firm M/s AECOM. We are hopeful that the work will be awarded this year itself. Tender for the project will be floated soon,� an NHIDCL source told The Assam Tribune.
The Rs 4,044-crore bridge on the NH-127B connecting Assam and Meghalaya will be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency. On the Dhubri side, the approach � which includes an embankment and viaduct � will be around 4.3 km, while that on the Phulbari side will be around 2.3 km. The navigation portion of the bridge � above the water � will be 12.6-km-long.
Around 103.78 hectares of land will have to be acquired for construction of the bridge.