Majuli gets projects worth Rs 894 crore

Guwahati: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday laid foundation stones and inaugurated projects worth Rs 894 crores under the initiative Bikakhor-Babe-Eta-Pokhek at Majuli district to bring about a paradigm shift to the development narrative of the Brahmaputra river island.
Sarma performed bhumi-pujan for improvement and upgradation of road from Balichapori of Majuli to Bongalmara in Lakhimpur including construction of two major bridges over Luit and Subansiri rivers. The project is being implemented under the State government’s flagship program Asom Mala with the cost of Rs 694 crores.
He also ceremonially handed over cheques to families affected by land acquisition for construction of the road to connect Balichapari. Sarma laid foundation stones for the main campus of Majuli Cultural University at a cost of Rs 51 crore, upgradation of the Bangaon industrial training institute with the cost of Rs 5 crore, the mid-day meal kitchen at a cost of Rs 14 crore in collaboration with Akshaya Patra Foundation.
With an aim to address the perennial flood problem, Sarma laid foundation stone for construction of a ring bund on the river banks from Jabarchuk to Haldhibari at a cost of Rs 29 crore. He also launched construction of six roads (Pohardia to Alimur, Adi Elengi to Pohumara, Tekelifuta to Patia Tini Ali, Bhakat Chapari to Jamuguri Tini Ali, Bahguri to Moharichuk and Garamur to Assam police radio organization office) at the cost of Rs 19 crore.
On the other hand, Sarma inaugurated projects carried out for development of Majuli Kamalabari ghat, Tribal theme village, buildings of Jengraimukh and Chamaguri Sattra with funds from the Central government at a cost of Rs 60 crore under Swadesh Darshan Scheme. He also inaugurated a multipurpose flood shelter at Karatipar constructed by Assam State disaster management authority at a cost of Rs 2.51 crore.
The road from Phuloni to Ofalamukh ghat via Bongaon upgraded at a total cost of Rs 19.95 crore with NABARD and SOPD (G) funds were also inaugurated by Sarma. He asserted that the government aims to complete construction of the bridge over Luit within two years and the bridge over Subansiri within  three years. Moreover, he assured that the cultural university will be upgraded to a State University and Rs 200 crore be spent for this purpose.