Modi inaugurates India’s longest railroad bridge in Assam

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Virendra Singh Rawat
Lucknow, 25 Dec
To mark the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister and Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee, PM Narendra Modi today inaugurated India’s longest railroad bridge, Bogibeel Bridge, in Assam.

 

Interestingly, it took almost 22 years for the monumental bridge to get inaugurated after its foundation stone was laid by former PM H D Deve Gowda on January 22, 1997. The ground work, however, had started on April 21, 2002 during the Vajpayee regime. Later, the Manmohan Singh government declared it a national project in 2007.

 

Modi flagged off the maiden train on the bridge, describing it a historic feat and a lifeline for Assam. The bridge connects the southern bank of river Brahmaputra in Assam’s Dibrugarh district with Silapathar, bordering Arunachal Pradesh. The bridge is touted to have a serviceable period of 120 years.

 

Built at an estimated cost of Rs 5,900 crore, Asia’s second longest railroad bridge is part of a string of infrastructure projects to improve logistics along the Arunachal Pradesh border.

 

The 4.9 km long bridge is India’s only fully welded bridge, for which global welding standards were employed. It would reduce travel time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to 4 hours and prevent detour of 170 km via Tinsukia. It cuts train travel time between Delhi and Dibrugarh by about 3 hours.

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