Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Shri Sarbananda Sonowal visited the site for proposed Cargo Terminal, Tourist Jetty and River Front Development projects near Bogibeel Bridge in Dibrugarh and held a meeting with stakeholders on the occasion to commence fast implementation of the works.
A major river port in colonial times, Dibrugarh was an important contributor to India’s economic growth. The Union Minister stated that necessary steps are being taken to once again make Dibrugarh a major river port of the country. “The opportunities provided by PM Shri Narendra Modi in developing the NW 2(Brahmaputra) and NW 16(Barak) is leveraging our connectivity with Bangladesh and giving us the route to reach markets of the world. We are hence establishing MMLPs and developing river ports in various part of Assam. In Dibrugarh, a port for cargo and passengers will be built,” the Minister said. He added that the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, the Inland Water Transport Department of Assam Government and North East Frontier Railway are working together to develop the area near the Bogibeel Bridge.
“PM Shri Narendra Modi ji’s Act East Policy has transformed the North East into a connectivity hub. Led by the PM GatiShakti – National Master Plan, an integrated plan for speeding up cargo movement on the river Brahmaputra is being envisaged. It will open up employment avenues and provide global market access to local products,” the Union Minister said. He also spoke on how improved connectivity is bringing sea change in the lives of the people, giving youths and businesses of the region to reach out to domestic as well as international markets, realising the ideal of Local for Global.