L&T Construction to build India’s longest river bridge
L&T Construction, the construction arm of L&T, has secured a large contract to construct India’s longest road bridge across the river Brahmaputra connecting Dhubri in Assam to Phulbari in Meghalaya.
The 19 km long bridge will be built along National Highway 127-B and will feature a Navigation Bridge of 12.625 km, approach viaducts of 3.5 km on the Dhubri side and 2.2 km on the Phulbari side, connected with approach roads and interchanges on both sides.
The bridge will have huge strategic relevance by improving the connectivity of the North Eastern States with the rest of the country and establish a vital link between Assam and Meghalaya by reducing the distance between the two states by 250 km. Currently the travel between Dhubri and Phulbari is by ferry, which takes up to 2.5 hours.
“This is an extremely challenging project,” said SV Desai, Whole Time Director & Senior Executive Vice President (Civil Infrastructure), L&T. “Not only will it be an important passage for offering easier access to our North Eastern international borders but will give a huge fillip to trade and commerce in the region for the accelerated development of all the North Eastern states, especially Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and the Barak Valley.”