Meghalaya, 18th November: The distance between the two neighboring states of Assam and Meghalaya will be reduced by 203 km, as India’s longest bridge over the Brahmaputra river will be built by construction giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T).

National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation said that infrastructure sector heavyweight Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has emerged as the lowest bidder for the building of the Rs 3,200 crore 18-kilometre-long strategic bridge.

The four-lane bridge would run over the Brahmaputra River on the National Highway 127 B from Dhubri to Phulbari. It would reduce the distance between the two areas by about 203 kilometers, greatly shortening the travel time.

The project also reflects continuing engagement between India and Japan to develop and invest in the North East States, as it is being financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is also financing the over 500-km long bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.