Agartala: The construction of the Maitri Setu over the Feni river at Sabroom of South Tripura would be completed by April 2020, said chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb while addressing the legislative assembly on Monday.

Replying to a question of CPI (M) MLA Prabhat Chowdhury, the chief minister said that the construction work of Maitri Setu, which will connect Bangladesh and Sabroom, was started in September 2017.

“More than 40% of the total work has been completed so far and the entire work is expected to get completed by April, 2020,” he said.

Chowdhury then adding a supplementary question and asked how much land was acquired for the bridge and approach road, the chief minister said, “At present I do not have such data. I will collect the latest date and let you know on your question.”

Efforts are on to transform Sabroom subdivision of South Tripura district into a gateway to Southeast Asia through measures like the Maitri Setu that is being constructed over Feni River to connect the state with Bangladesh’s Chittagong port, which is 75 km from Sabroom.

The subdivision will be connected with Belonia subdivision of South Tripura district by the railways soon. Sabroom is 135 km from Agartala and an integrated check-post has also been proposed along Maitri Setu.

Sources said that there are overall 12 pillars supporting the bridge. Construction of five pillars has been completed. On the Bangladeshi side, piling for seven pillars has been completed and hopefully, construction of these very pillars will be done soon.

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