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Assam Bridge-II Project

India India
Area Of Operation
Transport Infrastructure Transport Infrastructure

Quick Facts

Financing Approval Date
April 01, 2024
Current Limit of NDB Financing
USD 333.80 million
The Republic of India
Project Entity
Government of Assam (GoA)

More About This Project

The territory of the state of Assam is split into two parts by Brahmaputra river, making transport connectivity within the State challenging.

Guwahati is the largest city in the State and the crossroad of regional and national highways connecting Assam and other north-eastern states with the rest of India. Growing demand on transport infrastructure, in particular across the Brahmaputra river, has resulted in bottlenecks in Guwahati and neighbouring Kamrup and Kamrup Metropolitan districts.

Currently, Guwahati has two bridges in operation. The third one, the Assam Bridge financed by NDB, is under construction. To further augment the much-needed transport infrastructure, GoA has proposed construction of another bridge across the Brahmaputra river that will connect the towns of Palasbari to Sualkuchi on the western edge of the Guwahati Metropolitan Area (GMA).

The Project will create direct connection between the north and south parts of the GMA, contributing to the comprehensive development of Guwahati in line with the Master Plan for Guwahati Metropolitan Area – 2025.

The Project will construct a bridge over the Brahmaputra river with a total length of 12.2 km between Palasbari and Sualkuchi towns of the GMA. The bridge design extensively uses innovative technologies and considers the environment and sustainability aspects.

The Project also includes activities to strengthen institutional capacity of the APWRD.

In addition to improved connectivity between the north and south parts of the GMA, the Project will provide diversion for regional and urban traffic in order to bypass the central business district of Guwahati, and to directly link the international airport to the industrial areas around Sualkuchi, which are currently under development.

The Project will contribute towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure. In particular, it will contribute to target 9.1 – develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional & transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all.

The Project is planned to be implemented in 4 years.

GoA, the project entity, will implement the Project through its APWRD.

The Project has been classified as Category A in accordance with NDB Environment and Social Framework (NDB ESF).

The main environmental and social (E&S) impacts are related to (i) the impacts on aquatic ecology of Brahmaputra river that is inhabited by endangered Ganges River Dolphins (Platanista Gangetica), (ii) land acquisition and resettlement, and (iii) construction related environmental impacts and occupational safety.

The E&S impacts will be mitigated by adherence to E&S management plans developed for the Project based on the country system and NDB ESF, as well as implementation of the Environmental and Social Impact Management Plan.

The Project will be financed through a loan from NDB and counterpart funding from GoA.

Source of Fund Amount
NDB USD 333.80 million
GoA INR 6.77 billion
NDB Borrower Project Entity
Public Sector Department

Tony Nkuna

Ministry of Finance of Government of India

Prasanna V. Salian

GoA through APWRD

Chandan Sarma