Proud moment: India's longest road-railway bridge to be inaugurated by PM Modi; all you need to know
At 4.94 km, India's longest road and railway bridge that connects Dibrugarh in Assam to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh is likely to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this year. The civil work of the bridge would be reportedly completed by July 2018.
At 4.94 km, India's longest road and railway bridge that connects Dibrugarh in Assam to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh is likely to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this year. The civil work of the bridge would be reportedly completed by July 2018. Another two months would be needed to complete other electrical and signalling work, said Mahender Singh, chief engineer, construction, Bogibeel project.
With three-lane roads on top and double line rail below, Bogibeel bridge is the second longest bridge in Asia. It is 32 metres above the water level of the Brahamaputra and is fashioned according to a bridge that links Sweden and Denmark, reported PTI.
According to the report, the bridge is a symbol of development in the Northeast for the government as well as part of a strategic move solving logistical issues for the armed forces stationed at the China border to get supplies from Tezpur.
Planned by India, Bogibeel bridge is a part of infrastructure projects improve logistics along the border in Arunachal Pradesh. As per the report, this includes the construction of a trans-Arunachal highway on the north bank of the Brahmaputra, and new road and rail links over the mighty river and its major tributaries such as the Dibang, Lohit, Subansiri and Kameng.
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India and China share nearly 4,000 km border.
Though approved in 1996, construction of the bridge was initiated by the first BJP-led NDA government in 2002. The Congress-led UPA government had declared it a national project in 2007.
Jogighopa in Bongaigaon district, Saraighat near Guwahati, and Kolia-Bhomora between Sonitpur and Nagaon are the three Assam bridges that are the rail and road link to Arunachal.
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