Bridge over Humfrey Strait to be complete by 2020: NHIDCL

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
28 Jun 2017

Three years of  the Narendra Modi government have placed the remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands on course for big infrastructure development. Construction of major  bridge over Humphrey Strait Creek between 129.420 km to 130.600 km of NH-223 is progressing on a steady pace, while tenders for the other bridge at Middle Strait is likely to be floated by September 2017.
Speaking to EOI, the Project Manager of National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), confirmed that the work for construction of the Rs. 202.8 crore bridge over Humfrey Strait connecting Gandhi Ghat at Baratang and Uttara in Kadamtala has already begun. The bridge to be constructed with a height of 24 mtr from the mean sea level will have a road  length of 1.45 km. The bridge is expected to be complete in all respects by 2020, he said adding that the road overpass will benefit scores of people residing in the North and Middle and South Andaman regions.
About the bridge over Middle Strait, the official informed that tenders for the project will be floated by September this year. The Middle Strait bridge will be constructed at a cost of around Rs. 205 crores and will be completed within three years from the date of award. The major bridge over Middle Strait Creek between 106.590 km to 107.762 km of the national highway will have a road length of 1.93 km.
National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation is a fully owned company of the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India. The company promotes, surveys, establishes, designs, builds, operates, maintains and upgrades National Highways and Strategic Roads including interconnecting roads in parts of the country which share international boundaries with neighboring countries. An approximate aggregate length of 10,000 kms has been identified to begin with for development through this company. (Pix: Design of the under-construction bridge over Humfrey Strait in Middle Andaman)