Union Minister for Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal, conducted a comprehensive review of ongoing initiatives on Monday, focusing on the construction of a marine jetty at Bogibeel in Assam’s Dibrugarh district. Sonowal urged authorities to maintain high construction standards in these projects, which are anticipated to expedite cargo movement via the Brahmaputra River on global trade routes.
Expressing contentment with the advancements in the Bogibeel projects, the Union minister underscored Dibrugarh’s historical significance as a major trade hub in Northeast India.
The construction of jetties at Bogibeel and Guijan aims to establish an efficient mode of transportation to cater to the trade interests of the region. Sonowal projected the likely inauguration of the marine jetty at Bogibeel in the upcoming new year, heralding significant opportunities for the local populace. Addressing the strategic importance of Bogibeel, Sonowal affirmed the commitment to transform it into a major trade hub with multi-modal connectivity through railways, roads, and waterways, poised to substantially boost the economic prospects of the region.
The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), acting as the nodal agency for waterways development under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, is actively engaged in multiple projects in Assam. These initiatives, amounting to an investment exceeding Rs 850 crore, are geared towards enhancing the development of National Waterways in the region.