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Bridges that Connect to Prosperity

Assam

Initiative:
Building rural infrastructure to connect remote villages to city markets

Beneficiaries:
Villagers of Bhaktordoba, Naligaon and Gumirpathar in Assam

The challenge:
  • Villagers staying in the adjoining area of Barpeta town had to travel 2-3 hours to the city market for basic necessities of life
  • Farmers were incurring heavy expenditure on transporting their produce to the local markets
  • Instances of distress sale were rife with farmers being the final and worst sufferers

The solution:
Build bridges that link these villages to the market places

The impact:
  • All the villages now have direct access to city markets
  • Commuting time reduced to a mere 25-40 minutes as against the earlier 2-3 hours
  • Farmers are able to transport their produce to the markets as heavy vehicles can reach the villages easily
  • Instances of distress sale reduced drastically
  • The villages have easier access to Medical College Hospital at Barpeta and the 30 Bed Primary Health Centre at Kayakuchi