On January 22, 2021, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma inaugurated India’s Longest Steel Arch Bridge ‘Wahrew Bridge’ at Tharia Village in Meghalaya. The 169 metre long bridge connects Bholaganj & Sohbar to Nongjri in East Khasi Hills and runs over the river Wahrew.
The Bridge was dedicated to Dr Donkupar Roy, Former Chief Minister of Meghalaya.
i.Estimated cost – INR 49.395 Crore, which was allocated under the Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) Scheme of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (M-DoNER).
- NLCPR was initiated in 1998 to boost the infrastructure sector of the North Eastern Region.
- The cost of infrastructure projects will be shared between the Central and State Government in 90:10 ratio.
ii.Project was sanctioned in 2013 and work started on the bridge in 2014.
- It is expected to increase Tourism & Economic activities in Meghalaya.
- The bridge will enhance trade with Bangladesh as the road is linked to Bholaganj Land Custom Station, which is among the 27 Land Customs Stations appointed for facilitating trade with Bangladesh.
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