On Wednesday, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) said in a stock exchange filing that its construction business has been awarded a "large" contract to construct India's longest road bridge across river Brahmaputra connecting Dhubri in Assam to Phulbari in Meghalaya. As per L&T's classification of contracts, a "large" contract is worth Rs 2,500 to Rs 5,000 crore.
"The 19 km long bridge will be built along National Highway 127-B and will feature a Navigation Bridge of 12.625 km, approach viaducts of 3.5 km on the Dhubri side and 2.2 km on the Phulbari side, connected with approach roads and interchanges on both sides," the construction giant said in its statement.
"The bridge will have huge strategic relevance by improving the connectivity of the North Eastern States with the rest of the country and establish a vital link between Assam and Meghalaya by reducing the distance between the two States by 250 km. Currently, the travel between Dhubri and Phulbari is by ferry that takes up to 2.5 hrs," it added.
"This is an extremely challenging project, and we thank our client, National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. for reposing confidence in our capability to build a such a defining piece of infrastructure," said S V Desai, Whole Time Director Et Senior Executive Vice President (Civil Infrastructure), L&T.