800-Mile Highway, Cost $620 Million, to Curb Floods in Assam



By Accommodation Times Bureau

Government officials said they plan to build a 1,300 km (800 mile) highway along the Brahmaputra River in Assam to limit damage from annual floods, even as environmentalists said it would be ineffective.
More than 70 people have been killed so far this year, as the state bears the brunt of heavy monsoon rains.
The proposed six-lane highway will cost about 400 billion rupees ($620 million), making it among the most expensive infrastructure projects in the state.

“The Brahmaputra Highway will serve the twin purpose of taming the annual floods and drastically improving connectivity in the region,” said Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

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