Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the Bogibeel bridge in Assam, Asia’s second longest rail-cum-road bridge.
Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal were present on the occasion.
The Prime Minister also travelled from Dibrugarh to Dhemaji through the new bridge. He also flagged off the first passenger train over the bridge.
The strategically important bridge over the mighty Brahmaputra will remove communication bottlenecks to several districts in Arunachal Pradesh.
The bridge, which begins at Dibrugarh and ends at Dhemaji districts of Assam, will connect parts of Arunachal Pradesh by road as well as railway.
The 4.9 km-long Bogibeel bridge reduces travel time from Assam to Arunachal Pradesh to four hours and will cut out the detour of over 170 km via Tinsukia.
It will also reduce Delhi to Dibrugarh train-travel time by about three hours to 34 hours as against 37 hours presently.
The bridge on the Bramhaputra river is India’s only fully welded bridge for which european codes and welding standards were adhered to for the first time in the country.
The bridge, constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 5,900 crore, has a “serviceable period of around 120 years”.
Bogibeel bridge has its roots to its foundation stone was laid by HD Devegowda in 1997, work started by late AB Vajpayee in 2002, and competed today, as PM Modi inaugurated the Bogibeel Bridge (India’s largest rail road link) over River Brahmaputra thus took 21 years and Rs 2,720 Crore cost escalation.
Bogibeel Bridge history runs 1960s: Demand by people of Dhemaji * 1985: Promised in Assam Accord * Jan 1997: Sanctioned & foundation laid by Devegowda; included in 1997-98 budget * Apr 2002: Construction starts, ABV govt * 2014: ~60% work done * Dec 2018: Inauguration by PM