Assam Current Affairs – May 2017
Centre plans aerotropolis in Assam, seeks 2,000 acres
Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha has mentioned that Central Government is planning to build an aerotropolis in Assam and has sought 2,000 acres from the state government for the purpose.i. The proposed aerotropolis would bring huge benefits to the region in terms of civil aviation and air connectivity.
ii. Mr. Sinha has requested the Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to allot 2,000 acres land at an hour’s journey away from Guwahati city near Brahmaputra River.
Cabinet approves setting up of new AIIMS in Kamrup, Assam
Union Cabinet has given its approval for establishment of new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Kamrup, Assam. It will be set up under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) at the cost of Rs.1123 crore.
Setting up of AIIMS, Kamrup will take 48 months.
PM Modi inaugurates India’s longest bridge Dhola-Sadiya Bridge in Assam
On May 26, 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s longest river bridge, the Dhola-Sadiya bridge. This bridge has been named after late legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika. Sadiya was the birth place of Bhupen Hazarika.
• Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari. Assam
governor Banwarilal Purohit and Assam Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal accompanied PM Modi at the inauguration function.
Details about Dhola-Sadiya Bridge in Assam:
The bridge is a three lane carriage way which links Assam to Arunachal Pradesh.
• 15 km long Dhola-Sadiya Bridge is longer than the Bandra-Worli Sea Link (5.6 km) in Mumbai.
• It has been built at a cost of about Rs 2,056 crore over river Lohit, a tributary of the Brahmaputra.
• The bridge will reduce the distance from Rupai in Assam to Meka/Roing in Arunachal Pradesh by 165 km.
PM Modi lays foundation stone for two key projects AIIMS & ICAR in Assam
On May 26, 2017, PM Modi laid the foundation stone for an Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) at Gogamukh in Dhemaji district of Assam.
• He also laid the foundation stone for an All India Institute of Medical Sciences
(AIIMS), at Changsari in Kamrup district of Assam by pressing a remote from the Sarusajai Stadium in Guwahati. AIIMS in Kmarup will be constructed at a cost of Rs 1,123 crore under ‘Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana’. It will be completed within the next four years.