PM Modi to inaugurate India’s longest rail-cum-road bridge in Assam
GUWAHATI: India’s longest rail-cum-road bridge connecting the north and south banks of the Brahmaputra, falling in the eastern part of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25.
The bridge, which has been constructed by the railways, is 4.94 km long and 32 metres above the water level of the Brahmaputra.
With the bridge in place, the journey between Dibrugarh and Delhi will be shorter by three hours.
The construction of the Bogibeel bridge will be a major boost in improving logistical support to the armed forces along the border in Arunachal Pradesh as India shares nearly 4,000 km of border with China.
It will be the second largest bridge in Asia with three-lane roads on top and a double-line railway track below.
It is to be mentioned that the foundation stone of the bridge was laid in 1997 by then prime minister H D Deve Gowda but the work started only in 2002.