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Guwahati: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced new bridge over the Brahmaputra

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Nirmala Sitharaman, the Union Finance Minister, stated on Thursday that a three-kilometer four-lane bridge over the Brahmaputra will be built from Palashbari to Sualkuchi for Rs 3,094 crore.

“The Centre has approved the construction of a three-km-long four-lane bridge over the Brahmaputra in the Kamrup district. The bridge will get constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 3,094 crore,” she said while launching the Right To Public Service Web Portal (RTPS) in a function at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetera.

Direct connectivity to Sualkuchi


The bridge would connect Guwahati and the international airport with the globally known silk town of Sualkuchi and the industrial region of Amingaon.

According to her, the bridge will help to decongest Guwahati and boost transportation efficiency, reducing travel time for everyday commuters from Nalbari and Barpeta to Guwahati.

A step to boost the infrastructure

The initiative, according to Sitharaman, will also help to prevent riverbank erosion and increase traffic efficiency.

According to Sitharaman, the State government’s actions have boosted numerous infrastructure-related operations.

“It is impressive to see the pace at which the developmental projects are moving in the state,” she said.

The Assam government’s holistic, inclusive developmental strategy to growth was praised by the Union Minister.

According to the Union Minister, there is no bridge across the Brahmaputra in its 160-kilometer bank up to Jogighopa.

The Union administration is taking into account the needs of the state’s citizens, and the CCPA (Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs) is working on similar projects.

Revival of the country’s economy

Elaborating various measures undertaken for the revival of the country’s economy, the Union Minister said, “We have taken various steps for the revival of the economy on the ways of Union Budget. The sustainable revival, the revival which will have an immediate and positive impact on the economy.”

The Union administration has placed a strong emphasis on the budget set aside for infrastructure projects in the country since last year.

“In the Union Budget 2020-21, we have given a lot of emphasis on pending infrastructure projects. There is 34 percent growth in the infra section in this year’s budget estimates,” she said.

Chief Minister Himanta Sarma, speaking on the occasion, described the day as a “shining occasion” in the state’s governance.

Sarma believes that introducing the web platform will assist Prime Minister Narendra Modi to achieve his goal of “little government, maximum governance.”

“It is a giant leap in taking the governance closer to our people as Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has launched Right to Public Services Web Portal This web portal is a way forward towards electronic delivery of ARTPS-notified public services to the people as a means to real-time governance,” he said.

The service, according to the Chief Minister, would contribute to the strengthening of delivery channels, ensuring that no one is left out of the development program.

He claimed that the administration opted to use IT technologies to make the RTPS more responsive to the needs of the people.

In line with the quickly changing globe, the Chief Minister reiterated the State government’s commitment to bringing about swift, effective, and durable governance reforms.

As a result, the website would be a boon in providing citizens with timely, citizen-centric service delivery, according to Sarma.

The Chief Minister also stated that the service will enable residents of the state to apply for and get public services from the comfort of their own homes or public facilitation centers, which will save them time in accessing the benefits of the government.

Other attendees

State Finance Minister Ajanta Neog, Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, Health and Family Welfare Minister Keshab Mahanta, Chief Secretary Jishnu Baruah, and several senior government officers were among those who attended the launching ceremony, which was organized by the Administrative Reforms, Training, Pension, and Public Grievances Department.



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