NEW DELHI: Work of the 150-meter bridge over river Feni connecting India and Bangladesh will start after September, reports www.sentinelassam.com.
Disclosing this to The Sentinel, Satyabrata Sahu, Director, (Administration and Finance), National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) of India has said that as of now, the work has been stopped due to rains, but it will resume after September. “People from Bangladesh and Tripura are going to get benefit from this and it will be a boon to traditional businesses as well,” he said.
The 150-meter bridge on river Feni in Bangladesh is being built at a cost of Rs 1.10 billion and will connect Tripura and Bangladesh.
“Trade activities will take place through this new bridge. We are building the foundation of the bridge currently,” said Sahu. The NHIDCL was set up especially to look after the North Eastern States and hilly region of the country.
“We are looking after North Eastern States. We are also responsible for border areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. We are operating in 12 States,” said Sahu.
“NHIDCL has over the years, provided very good quality roads in the North Eastern States. Almost 13,000 km of road development has been entrusted to us. We have completed the construction of 700 kms of roads in the last three years,” he said.
Sahu said that building border roads assumes strategic importance for the country.
“India is a very key and great player in the subcontinent. We want to increase the connectivity of the border areas with the rest of the country and to other neighbouring countries as well. Building a good infrastructure is important for the defence of the country. It is also important keeping in mind the trade and commerce of the country. It also provides connectivity to people who were living in these far-flung areas for the past so many years without any proper means of travelling,” he said.
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