L&T Construction won the contract for what will be India’s longest river bridge.

The bridge, which will connect Dhubri in Assam to Phulbari in Meghalaya, will reduce the journey by road between the two states by 250km. Currently, travel between Dhubri and Phulbari is by ferry and takes up to 2.5 hours.

The 19km-long bridge will be built along National Highway 127-B and will feature a 12.6km navigational section together with approach viaducts of 3.5km on the Dhubri side and 2.2 km on the Phulbari side as well as approach roads and interchanges on both sides.

L&T senior executive vice president (civil infrastructure) SV Desai said: “Not  only  will  it  be  an  important passage for offering easier access to our North Eastern international borders but  will  give  a  huge  fillip  to  trade  and  commerce  in  the  region  for  the  accelerated  development of all the North Eastern States especially Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and the Barak Valley.”