Chief Minister of Assam, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma called for a meeting with the officials of Public Works Department(PWD) and other officials of relevant departments on Thursday to improve connectivity between Assam and Bhutan.
The main purpose of the meeting was to improve the condition of the roads and highways that link the two regions, Bhutan and Assam, and to provide instructions for their maintenance and repair.
“To take stock of the condition of highways and roads connecting Assam and Bhutan, HCM Dr @himantabiswa held a meeting with officials of PWD and other concerned officials,” the Chief Minister’s Office posted on X.
To take stock of the condition of highways and roads connecting Assam and Bhutan, HCM Dr @himantabiswa held a meeting with officials of PWD and other concerned officials and instructed them to maintain and repair these roads to bring them to the best condition to complement… pic.twitter.com/arHiQ6N3lC
— Chief Minister Assam (@CMOfficeAssam) November 16, 2023
The program follows a significant announcement by Dr S. Jaishankar, the Minister of external affairs, in August 2023, regarding a ground- breaking railway link between Bhutan and Assam. Dr. Jaishankar disclosed that the Indian government is now holding talks with the Bhutanese government. While discussing the possible advantages, he stressed Bhutan’s desire to expand its tourism offerings and the advantages that the railway link would bring to Assam.
The Indian Government is expected to fully support the 57-kilometer railway project, establishing the first-ever train connection between Assam and Bhutan by 2026.
To clear up on Bhutan’s viewpoint, the country’s government prioritises the initial development of the railway link, according to a statement made in April by Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji. Following the project’s completion, the importance will turn to add connectivity to other important areas, such as Samtse, Phuentsholing, Nganglam and Samdrup Jongkhar.