Guwahati is the gateway to the northeastern region. Due to its excellent connectivity and unique geographical location, this region is experiencing rapid growth of trade and commerce and it has the potential to become the hinterland for the entire northeastern region. The major growth of the city is now aimed at north Guwahati due to shortage of land at the southern part. The two banks of the river are connected through road and water transport. However, the means of transportation between the two banks needs to be improved to support growth of the city along the north bank.