Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal laid the foundation stone of a railway over-bridge at Barpeta Road on state highway connecting Manas National Park with Barpeta Road on May 18. The railway over-bridge will be constructed at an expenditure of Rs 43.87 crore under NLCPR in two years.

While the central government will bear Rs 30.74 crore of the entire project cost, the state government will pump in another Rs 13.13 crore to complete the project.

Speaking on the occasion, CM Sonowal underscored the rich tradition of cultural homogeneity and coexistence set forth by ‘Satra Nagari’ Barpeta and urged the people to take that forward to every corner of the state.

Stating that India is a young country with more that 60 per cent of its population below the age of 35 years, Sonowal said that considering the large pool of young population, the government is taking up several programmes to re-orient the young generation and develop their skills with the help of latest technological innovations. He also mentioned that the state government has already set up several skill development centers at different development blocks of the state.

Further saying that Assam is experiencing rapid transformation in every sphere of public life, the CM sought the cooperation and guidance of the people in state’s march towards prosperity.

Terming that corrupt practices hinder the growth of a state, Sonowal said that with the active support of the people, the state government is relentlessly fighting against corruption and all its manifestations. Sonowal also said that the state government aims at providing a better social environment with greater opportunities for the youth and maintained that its uncompromising fight against corruption helped the people to repose their confidence in governance.

Sonowal also stressed on the importance of ethical values in social life and asserted that this government would always uphold public interest. He also urged the people to keep close watch on the activities of the government and offer constructive criticism.

State PWD minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the Union government has sanctioned 8000 km roads for the state under PMGSY during the current fiscal and the state government would also convert 1200 km additional road into pavers block. He also added that the government would soon start repairing works of 20000 km roads simultaneously in the state.

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