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    Inauguration of bridge postponed

    Kolkata, June 9 (PTI): The scheduled inauguration of the newly built bridge across the Hooghly river as well as the Belghoria Expressway by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on June 12 has been postponed.

    West Bengal's PWD Minister, Kshiti Goswami, told reporters here on Friday that the Prime Minister's Office had informed his department that a new date for the programmes would be decided later.

    The programmes, he said, were postponed due to the prime minister's engagement at the G-8 summit.

    The Rs 900-crore bridge, when opened, will provide direct connectivity between the N S C Bose international airport, Kolkata and national highways to Delhi and Mumbai.

    This is the fourth bridge over the Hooghly after the Rabindra Setu, better known as the Howrah bridge, Vivekananda Bridge and Vidyasagar Setu, also known as the second Hooghly bridge.

    In reply to a question, Goswami said the state government was yet to receive the Centre's nod to its suggestion for naming the bridge after Sister Nivedita.

    The Belghoria Expressway connects the N S C Bose airport in Dum Dum with the new bridge, which will link Howrah and Hooghly districts.


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