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�Four-laning of Biswanath - Gohpur in 3 years�

By Correspondent

BISWANATH CHARIALI, June 21 - Four-laning and widening work of National Highway-15 from Biswanath Chariali bypass to Gohpur will be completed in three years.

Work on the 57.50-km long portion of the highway began in January this year, claimed M/s TK Engineering and Consortium Pvt Ltd at a press meet here on Sunday.

It was mentioned that the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had decided to widen the highway upto Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh, which is also known as the �backbone� of northern Assam. It also connects the strategically important Indo-China border with the rest of the country.

Four-laning of Holongi near Gohpur to Itanagar (around 19.20 km long), a part of the highway, has already been completed. The existing stretch (Ch-208.00 km on NH-52 to Ch-265.50 km on NH-52) from the Biswanath Chariali bypass upto Gohpur is a component of the SARDP-NE Project connecting Itanagar.

Further, this road connects the districts of Sonitpur, Lakhimpur and Dhemaji of Assam and several districts of Arunachal Pradesh with the rest of the country.

The project being located at 26.73307� N, 93.14738� E, and with its unique physiographic elements, the area experiences sub-tropical monsoon climate with mild winter, warm and humid summer. The average annual rainfall varies from 1,700 mm to 2,700 mm. The main rainy months are June, July, August and September. The annual temperature of the area ranges from 8�C to 37� C. June, July and August are the hottest, while December and January are the coldest months.

The project is to widen the existing two-lane road of 57.50 km stretch from Biswanath Chariali to Gohpur to four-lane standard with the scope of four new major bridges, four new Railway overbridges, 26 minor bridges and 78 new culverts along with one toll plaza, 7 kms of service road, 11.5 kms of roadside drain, 1.5 kms of protection work, 108 minor junctions, road marking and painting, informatory, cautionary, hazard marking signboards and gantry erection for this 57.50 km long stretch.

Meanwhile, people of this vast area have urged the concerned authorities to maintain strict vigil on the quality of work.

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