Decades later, dream bridges are manna to inhabitants of Andaman And Nicobar Islands

At present vehicles have to be transported by small ferries to reach North and Middle Andaman via Andaman Trunk Road, from the two straits, which takes nearly three hours longer.

Published: 11th July 2017 12:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th July 2017 12:59 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

PORT BLAIR: Two dream bridges at Middle Strait and Humphrey Strait will soon turn to reality, bringing relief to the people of far flung Andaman and Nicobar Islands. For several decades, the people have demanded bridges over Middle Strait and Humphrey Strait, which are presently major obstacles on the Andaman Trunk Road.

At present vehicles have to be transported by small ferries to reach North and Middle Andaman via Andaman Trunk Road, from the two straits, which takes nearly three hours longer.

After decade long paper work, work for both bridges has begun.

Lt. Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Prof. Jagadish Mukhi said that construction of the two-lane Bridge over Humphrey Strait connecting Baratang Island and Middle & North Andaman has already commenced.

Addressing the Annual General Body meeting of ACCI on Sunday, Jagadish Mukhi said that with regard to Middle Strait Creek Bridge the Supreme Court of India has given permission to construct the approach road, which falls under Jarawa (tribe) Reserved Area.

“Accordingly, a tender was opened in June and work is in progress,” Jagadish Mukhi added.

Once these bridges are constructed, it will not only bring an economic boom for North and Middle Andaman but also make movement easier for armed forces during an emergency.

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