JORHAT, Aug 7 - The Majuli district administration in association with PWD (National Highways) has organised a three-day public hearing from August 6 on the Detail Alignment Report of the proposed Majuli-Jorhat bridge at the Deputy Commissioner�s office complex at Garmur.
A Majuli district administration official said that on Thursday, the first meeting of collecting public opinion about the proposed bridge after sharing the Detail Alignment Report with the public was held under the chairmanship of Majuli Deputy Commissioner Bikram Kairi.
The meeting was attended by satradhikars and representatives of the different satras, representatives of educational institutes, various organisations and noted citizens.
At the onset of the meeting, PWD executive engineer (NH, Jorhat Division) Prasanta Saikia gave a presentation of the Detail Alignment Report prepared after carrying out a survey. Saikia stated that the proposed bridge will be from Dighaliagaon at Dakhinpat in Majuli to Jhanjimukh-Hatihal in Jorhat, having a length of 6.75 km.
He said there will be two approach roads for the bridge � one from Kamalabari Chariali to Dighaliagaon, Dakhinpat and another from Jorhat Institute of Science and Technology to Jhanjimukh-Hatihal. Saikia stated that a Rs 2442.01-crore project has been submitted to the Centre.
Stating that the proposed bridge will greatly benefit people of the Brahmaputra island, Kairi said the government will take all necessary measures to protect the biodiversity of Majuli.
The meeting was held observing all COVID-19 protocol and on Saturday, representatives of Gaon Panchayats will take part.
It may be mentioned here that on February 27, 2016 on the eve of Assam Assembly polls, the then Union Minister for Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari had laid the foundation stone of the proposed bridge.
On July 31 last, a group of Congress members led by Rajya Sabha MP and APCC president Ripun Bora and AICC secretary and former Jorhat MLA Rana Goswami, organised a protest against the �failure� of the Central and State governments to start work of the proposed bridge by way of a boat-ride from Nimatighat (Jorhat) to Kamalabari ghat at Majuli.