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PM launches ‘Mahabahu-Brahmaputra’ and lays foundation stone of two bridges in Assam

  • Be N By IAS, Delhi
  • 19, Feb 2021
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For : GS-3-Economy


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi launched ‘Mahabahu-Brahmaputra’ and laid the foundation stone of two bridges in Assam.


  • It will strengthen water connectivity by Brahampurta water through port-led development. The three Ro-Pax services which were launched today makes Assam a front-runner state to be connected with Ro-Pax services at this scale.
  • Ro-Pax vessel: To mark the launch of ‘Mahabahu-Brahmaputra’, he inaugurated the Ro-Pax vessel operations between
    • Neamati-Majuli Island, North Guwahati-South Guwahati and
    • Dhubri-Hatsingimari.
    • Ro-pax service between Majuli and Nemati is one such route which would reduce the distance from about 425 km to just 12 km.
  • Inland Water Transport (IWT) Terminal: He laid the foundation stone of Inland Water Transport (IWT) Terminal at Jogighopa and various tourist jetties on River Brahmaputra and launched digital solutions for Ease-of-Doing-Business.


  • Ali-Aye-Ligang festival: Prime Minister wished the Mising community for the Ali-Aye-Ligang festival associated with agriculture, which was celebrated yesterday.
  • Connectivity with Assam: Connectivity the projects are fast tracked to reduce the distances geographically and culturally of this entire region.
    • Physical and Cultural Integrity of the whole North East including Assam has been strengthened over the recent years.
  • Multiple Brides: Many bridges like Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Setu, Bogibeel Bridge, Saraighat Bridge are making the life of Assam easier today.
    • It strengthens the security of the country and provides great convenience for our soldiers.
  • Majuli as Assam’s first helipad: Majuli has got Assam’s first helipad.
  • Hub of Act East Asia Policy: Ëfforts are on to make Assam and the NorthEast the hub of our cultural and business relations with other East Asian Countries.
  • Jogighopa IWT Terminal: It will strengthen an alternative route to connect Assam with Haldia Port and Kolkata through a waterway.
  • Car-D portal: E-portals are being launched today for the users to get accurate information. The Car-D portal will help in collating real-time information on all the cargo and cruise traffic data of the National Waterway.
  • First data center of North East: In Guwahati is going to be built. This data center will serve as a data center hub for 8 states and the IT service based industry, BPO ecosystem and start ups in the North East.



Q. Ali-Aye-Ligang festival associated with agriculture is celebrated in North East by which of the following community?

  • a) Mising
  • b) Kol
  • c) Kuki
  • d) Angami