Bhutan Welcomes Infrastructure Boost in Neighboring Assam

The recent approval of several key infrastructure projects by the Indian National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) in Assam, extending up to the Bhutan border, signals a significant step towards regional development and connectivity. The approved projects include the Chapaguri to Amteka Assam Mala project road, along with other essential developments such as the Elevated Corridor near Kaziranga National Park and the Guwahati Ring Road project.

This decision is anticipated to enhance connectivity and foster economic growth not only in Assam but also in neighboring regions, including Bhutan. With improved infrastructure, trade and travel between the two nations are expected to become more efficient and convenient.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma expressed his gratitude for the approval of these projects, highlighting their importance for the state’s progress. His acknowledgment reflects the shared commitment to regional development and collaboration.

Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, holds immense ecological significance as the habitat of the largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses globally. Thus, any development projects near this area must be executed with utmost care to preserve its biodiversity.

Earlier announcements by Indian Union Minister Nitin Gadkari regarding the construction of a 32-km long elevated corridor at Kaziranga and a ring road in Guwahati indicate the ongoing efforts towards enhancing Assam’s infrastructure.

Furthermore, the inauguration of multiple national highway projects by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, in the presence of Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, underscores the government’s commitment to modernizing the road transport network in the state. These projects, with significant investments, aim to improve connectivity and facilitate smoother movement of goods and people.

For Bhutan, these developments hold promise for strengthened ties with Assam and India as a whole. The improved infrastructure will not only facilitate trade but also enhance cultural exchanges and people-to-people contact between the two nations.

While celebrating these advancements, it is essential to ensure that environmental concerns are adequately addressed, particularly in sensitive areas like Kaziranga National Park. Sustainable development practices must be prioritized to safeguard the rich biodiversity of the region.

As Bhutan looks forward to benefiting from the enhanced connectivity with Assam, it remains committed to fostering mutually beneficial partnerships that promote regional prosperity and ecological sustainability.

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