The Kaliabor Tiniali-Dolabari stretch of the four-lane national highway project will be open for the public by May-June this year. This stretch includes a 3.040-km two-lane bridge over the Brahmaputra and a 13.9-km four-lane road up to Dolabari.
The 3.040-km bridge runs parallel to the existing Kaliabhomora Bridge over the Brahmaputra. The name of the package is ‘four-laning of NH-37A from Kaliabor Tiniali to Dolabari, including the construction of a new bridge over the Brahmaputra’.
The revised target schedule of this package of the national highway project is April 30, 2022. While 99 per cent work of the bridge is complete, around 10 per cent of the four-lane road up to Dolabari is left. The bridge has 28 foundations (posts) and as many sub-structures. Each of the 28 foundations goes 58 metres beneath the Brahmaputra bed.
The project cost of this package of the national highway project is Rs 588.95 crore. M/s Gammon and SP Singla Constructions Pvt Ltd (JV) is doing the project works under the supervision of the NHIDCL.
Talking to The Sentinel, NHIDCL’s Guwahati office Executive Director Pankaj Singh said, “The original estimate of the bridge didn’t include the lighting provision. We revised the estimate and included it recently. We are hopeful of opening the bridge and the road up to Dolabari from Kaliabor Tiniali by May-June this year.” The bridge and the entire stretch of the project are strategically important.