Assam Gets India’s Longest Railroad ‘Bogibeel’ Bridge After 21 Years: As per the sources, India’s longest and Asia’s second longest rail-cum-road bridge is ready to be inaugurated by the honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 December 2018.
The 4.9-km long BogiBeel bridge will link Tinsukia in Assam with the city of Arunachal Pradesh – Naharlagun, which will reduce the travel time between them by almost 10 hours.
After 21 years, the completion of the bridge is like a dream come true for the people of Northeast India since its foundation stone was laid.
The foundation stone of the bridge was laid by former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda in 1997 and the construction of the bridge started in 2002 when former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee visited this place.
The Bogibeel bridge built on Brahmaputra river is the only fully welded bridge in India, for which the European codes and welding standards were followed first time in the country. There is a two-line railway track on the lower deck and a three-lane road on the top deck.
The estimated cost of the bridge is ₹5,900 crore, and which has a serviceable period of around 120 years.
PM Modi will also flag off the Tinsukia-Naharlagun Intercity Express on Tuesday, which will run five days a week. In Dibrugarh, a local businessman talking to NDTV explained the importance of the bridge for the people.
“The bride in Assam surely will prove to be a heavenly blessing for Dibrugarh, it will propagate Dibrugarh as the next big business hub after Guwahati.
In these areas such as education, health, and other services, Dibrugarh should see the sea change after the opening of the bridge,” he said.
The Bogibeel bridge is an absolute boost for infrastructure in the area.