The fact that North-east India’s connectivity got unprecedented attention after 2014 is undisputable. Among the states in the North-east region, Assam is a big beneficiary, thanks to the more than evident coordination between the state and central governments.
As the state nears assembly polls, the ruling party through its various developmental plans is assuring people that the race for development in Assam is not coming to a halt any time soon.
Development of Assam: Previous Highlights
Many bridges like Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Setu, Bogibeel Bridge, Saraighat Bridge have contributed majorly to ease the life of Assamese in last 5-6 years.
The state government’s initiative of a rope way across Brahmaputra connected the city of Guwahati in all seasons. India’s first multi-modal logistics park has also been proposed at Jogighopa in Assam. These are major initiatives among many more developmental works in Assam, especially in connectivity.
Assam’s Connectivity Drive Continues
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Mahabahu-Brahmaputra’ by inaugurating the Ro-Pax vessel operations between Neamati-Majuli Island, North Guwahati-South Guwahati and Dhubri-Hatsingimari. He laid the foundation stone for an Inland Water Transport (IWT) Terminal at Jogighopa and various tourist jetties on River Brahmaputra, and launched digital solutions that support Ease-of-Doing-Business initiatives of the state.
Majuli has got Assam’s first helipad. An 8 km long bridge that is underway connecting Kalibari with Jorhat will provide fast and safe road option to this helipad.
PM Modi illustrated how Assam is playing a big role in connecting the neighbours through waterways. “Work is underway on the Indo-Bangladesh protocol route across the Hooghly River to connect the Brahmaputra and the Barak River. By connecting the North East with the rest of India, dependence of the region on the narrow connecting part would be reduced. He added Jogighopa IWT Terminal will strengthen an alternative route to connect Assam with Haldia Port and Kolkata through a waterway. Bhutan and Bangladesh cargoes at this terminal and cargoes at Jogighopa Multi-modal logistics park would get facilities for movement to different places on the Brahmaputra River,” he explained at the launch.
The development of two bridges, one from Assam’s Dhubri to Meghalaya’s Phulbari and another from Jorhat to Majuli, has also taken off.
Hon'ble PM Shri @narendramodi Ji inaugurated the construction work of bridge over river Brahmaputra, b/w Dhubri, Assam & Phulbari, Meghalaya. People have been demanding this for over 10 yrs. With this, distance b/w Dhubri & Phulbari will be shortened by 203 kms. #PragatiKaHighway pic.twitter.com/bFjoxjysz0
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) February 18, 2021
It is under the Modi government that North-eastern states are being connected with a broad-gauge Railway network. Building on that, Assam is set to welcome electric locomotives.
Creating An Aatmanirbhar Assam: For the first time in history, electric locomotive ran on the soil of Assam with successful trial run from Bongaigaon to Sarupeta stations. pic.twitter.com/O8GSZAackf
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) February 18, 2021
There are other developments happening in the sphere of new businesses also noteworthy.
A Big Boost to “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” & “Waste to Wealth”; Hon’ble Minister of MSME inaugurated Agabatti Stick Making Unit in Assam yesterday. Hundreds of abandoned Agarbatti manufacturing units in India were revived in the last one and half years creating nearly 3 lakh new jobs. pic.twitter.com/FC43vtdQ2c
— Ministry of MSME (@minmsme) February 19, 2021