GUWAHATI, Jan 6 � If things materialize as planned, an integrated road network would connect the far-flung places of the State, minimizing the travel timings and reviving the missing links of the national and State highways.
Addressing the media here today, AC Bordoloi, Commissioner and Special Secretary PWD (Building and NH) said that the Central and the State governments are working in tandem to develop an integrated road network in the State in the coming years.
�Various ambitious projects taken up at different levels would require an investment of nearly Rs 40,000 crore in the next 20 years. The proposed projects would also bridge the gap between missing road network links from Dhubri to Sadiya,� he said.
Informing the media about the 74th annual session of the Indian Roads Congress (IRC), which would be held in Guwahati under the aegis of the PWD (Buildings and NH) and PWD (Roads) from January 18 to 22 at the Sarusajai Stadium, he said that renowned highway and bridge engineering experts would take part in the conference.
�The conference would provide us a platform to exchange ideas with the national and international experts as well as the engineers and road experts of the State. It would be a great opportunity to share our vision,� he said.
Of the 28 national highways with a total length of 3069.22 kilometres that pass through the state of Assam, 1908 kilometres have been constructed and maintained by the State PWD, and the rest is being looked after by the other agencies.
�Besides this, improvement of the NH-52 bypass in North Lakhimpur and NH-37 bypass at Gauhati University is going on in full swing,� he said.
Pointing out the challenges in road construction in the State, he said that a prolonged monsoon, short working season, perennial floods, insufficient construction materials, besides the difficulties in land acquisition often hinder the progress of work.