Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma today inaugurated of the India’s longest road arch bridge at Wahrew or Sohbar Bridge over the crystal clear waters of the Wahrew river at Sohbar.
The bridge measuring 169.350 m has been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 4.395 cr under the NLCPR of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Government of India.
The steel arch bridge, one of the longest in India as the ‘Wahrew Bridge’ connects Bholaganj and Sohbar to Nongjri in East Khasi Hills. The project also consists of a road length of 6.125 km.
The inauguration programme was attended by Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, Speaker, Metbah Lyngdoh, MLA, Balajied Synrem, CEM of KHADC, Titos Khain, MDC, T. Dkhar, Sordars and officials of the PWD Department.
“It is a long-cherished dream of the people of the State and the people of East Khasi Hills to have this bridge connecting Bhollanganj and Sohbar with Nongjri over river Wahrew,” the Chief Minister said.
He said that the road and the bridge connect the western part of East Khasi Hills with the eastern part up to Pynursla and Dawki, along the Bangladesh border.
“This road and bridge will help boost the economic activities of the State along the border where it is linked with the Bholaganj LCS apart from being the main link along the border from a strategic point of view,” the Chief Minister added.
Recalling Dr. Donkupar Roy’s desire to inaugurate the bridge, he said, “It was a very prestigious project for Dr. Donkupar Roy. It was his commitment to the people of the area.”
“Roads and Infrastructure are the basis of any form of development. When roads improve, every other economic activity boosts up,” he said while asserting the MDA government’s commitment to upscale infrastructure projects.
“Road connectivity is of utmost importance in our policy. Therefore, this is reflected in our work. In the last 3 years highest budget allocation has been accorded for road connectivity schemes,” he added.
Deputy CM Tynsong who also addressed the gathering during the inauguration of the Arch Bridge informed that Rs 145 crore has been sanctioned for the construction of several brand-new roads.
He assured that work orders will be allotted for 4 different Constituencies. “Roads that were left unattended, projects that were left are being taken up by the MDA Govt. This is the kind of progress that is taking place and this is the commitment of this Govt. The inauguration is one milestone”, said Tynsong.
An online system to monitor the progress of work in real-time has been created by the office of Deputy CM, he revealed.
Others who spoke on the occasion were Speaker, Metbah Lyngdoh, MLA, Balajied Synrem.