Assam is set to witness the construction of its longest flyover over the next three years, as Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma laid the foundation stone for the proposed 5km-long road overbridge.
Assam unveils ambitious plan for longest flyover
The project, costing Rs. 852.98 crore, aims to alleviate worsening traffic congestion in the region, with assurances from the Chief Minister that trees along the Dighalipukhuri banks would be transplanted instead of being cut down.
Sarma emphasized that the flyover would effectively address traffic issues in nearly half of the city for the next 25 years. The extensive flyover project includes four arm extensions towards GNB Road, West Dighalipukhuri Road, and Rajgarh Road. Sarma acknowledged the monumental nature of the project, stating that such a significant undertaking was inconceivable two decades ago. He highlighted the necessity of the flyover to prevent the deterioration of traffic conditions on GNB Road, especially considering the continuous increase in the vehicle population against the existing road capacity.
While Sarma acknowledged the inconvenience during construction, he assured that efforts would be made to expedite the project’s completion. Alternative traffic routes have been planned to minimize disruptions. Once finished, the flyover is expected to elevate the city’s status, providing parking spaces underneath and significant benefits to small-scale traders.
Additionally, Sarma announced the opening of a portion of the riverfront development project on the Brahmaputra’s south bank on January 19, with the remaining section set to be accessible to the public within the next six months. Furthermore, plans for another flyover from Arya point to near Barsapara International Cricket Stadium were revealed, aiming to alleviate traffic congestion during international matches and at Arya point, with construction scheduled to commence in February.