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After Sonowal's convoy stopped in traffic snarls, Assam govt decides to open 2nd Saraighat bridge on Jan 28

After Sonowal's convoy stopped in traffic snarls, Assam govt decides to open 2nd Saraighat bridge on Jan 28

India Blooms News Service | | 18 Jan 2017, 07:17 pm
Guwahati, Jan 18 (IBNS) : While the speed of the Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal's convoy was stoped in the traffic snarls in the two lane Saraighat bridge over the Brahmaputra river on Tuesday evening, the state government on Wednesday decided to open the second Saraighat bridge in this month.

The decision was taken by the Sonowal cabinet on Wednesday held in Guwahati.

The spokesperson of the Assam government said that, the second Saraighat bridge connecting Guwahati with lower Assam will officially be opened on Jan 28 and it will be ianugurated by Union Road Transport minister Nitin Gadkari.

Initially the inaugural scheduled was Jan 1 last, but it was postponed since ancient beliefs.

The Assam Public Works Department minister Parimal Suklabaidya said for postponing the previous schedule that, it is inauspicious to carry out any important project and religious works in the Assamese calendar month PUH.

The 1493-metre long bridge, is part of East West Corridor constructed by the Gamon India limited.

The foundation stone of the bridge was laid by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2007.

On the other hand, the state cabinet also decided to fast-track work of the proposed Guwahati Metro Rail project in four phases.

Assam Industry minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said that, the first phase work will be started from Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport to Narengi.

"The Detail Project Report (DPR) already being ready and total cost of the project is estimated Rs 18,000 crore," the minister said.

On the other hand, the capital city of Assam will host another sports meet in April next.

Guwahati will host the Himalayan Games on Apr 5-13 and Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Thailand likely to be participated in the meet.

(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)