Mega flyover planned to protect wildlife at Kaziranga

In a bid to protect wild animals, including endangered one-horned rhinos, from being hit by vehicles, the Union government is planning to construct a flyover over National Highway 37 (NH 37) that passes through Kaziranga National Park in Assam.

According to Assam Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is preparing the detailed project report (DPR) at present and the total cost of the flyover, which will be 11 metres wide, is expected to be around Rs 2,600 crore.

At 35km in length, the flyover will have three segments, the first segment will be around 18km. It will be the longest in India – more than the length of the PVNR Express Highway in Hyderabad, which is 11.6km long.

Suklabaidya said further that the work on DPR is expected to be over within the next two months. Once that is done, the tender process would begin and work on the project is expected to start from the next year.

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