Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal at Bogibeel

Union minister of ports, shipping & waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal on September 19 launched multiple projects for the development of the Bogibeel region near Dibrugarh in Assam.

Foundation stones were laid by the Union minister for the construction of two floating jetties at Bogibeel and Guijan. Sonowal also inaugurated Bogibeel Riverfront Passenger Jetty.

Ministry of port, shipping and waterways, in a statement, said: “The two floating jetties at Bogibeel in Dibrugarh district and Guijan in Tinsukia district will be constructed as state-of-art terminals using the most advanced and updated technology. Both the jetties are being constructed by IWAI over the National Waterways – 2 (NW-2), popularly known as River Brahmaputra.”

“The work has been awarded to Coastal Consolidated Structures Pvt. Ltd on an EPC contract mode (engineering, procurement, construction). The two jetties are estimated to be built at the cost of Rs 8.25 crore and scheduled to be completed by February 2023,” the ministry said.

Sarbananda Sonowal also inaugurated the Bogibeel Riverfront Passenger Jetty which has been developed by the Northeast Frontier Railways (NF Railway) as part of riverfront development near the Bogibeel bridge.

Further to this development, plans are afoot to construct an open platform, a restaurant, 8 bio-toilets and 6 awnings as part of the riverfront site. The entire structure has been constructed over rail columns with an angle frame covered by WPC board floorings. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 2.5 crore. A total of 3,560 square meters are being developed under this project.

Speaking at the event, minister Sarbananda Sonowal, said: “The vision of our leader prime minister Narendra Modi is to harness the potential of an economical and ecologically sound logistics avenue of inland waterways. The PM Gati Shakti National Master plan is exactly the key that we are using here today, to unlock the huge potential of inland water transportation in Assam using National Waterways 2, our river Brahmaputra. We must tap this opportunity and build an economic advantage which will power the whole of Northeast India as the new engine of growth for India.”

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