PM Modi opens Asia’s 2nd longest rail-road bridge in Assam
Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated Bogibeel bridge, country’s longest rail-road bridge in Assam.
Touted as the Asia’s second longest rail road bridge, the five-km structure connects Assam’s two most prominent districts- Dibrugarh and Dhemaji which border Arunachal Pradesh.
Built on the Brahmaputra River, the bridge has not only eased transportation facilities for several adjoining remote districts like Anjaw, Changlang, Lohit, Lower Dibang Valley, Dibang Valley and Tirap in Arunachal Pradesh along with Dibrugarh and Dhemaji districts of Assam, but also bears a tremendous strategic significance due to its close proximity to the China border.
The speciality of the bridge is its two decked structure with a two-line railway track on the lower deck and a three line road on the upper deck.
This apart, it is the country’s only fully welded bridge and has low cost of maintenance, its constructors were quoted as say
The 4.9 km long bridge which was constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 5,900 crore will cut the travel time between Delhi and Dibrugarh via train by about three hours and will also help prevent detour of about 170-km during travel between Dibrugarh and Dhemaji districts.
Sources said the bridge is quake proof and strong enough to support the movement of tanks and even fighter jet landings.
The project was originally laid by Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda in 1997 but its construction work began under the term of late PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.