Added on : 2018-05-10 18:26:22
Bogibeel bridge, in India’s North-East, is the country’s longest rail-cum-road bridge. Apart from the obvious fame factor of being the longest rail-road bridge, the Bogibeel bridge is special for several reasons. For one, it has been built by Indian Railways over river Brahmaputra and provides crucial rail-road connectivity to the lesser developed districts of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. For another, the Bogibeel bridge comprises of two railway lines and a three lane road bridge on top. The civil work for the bridge is expected to be complete by July, after which the signalling and electrical work will be done – estimated to take two months. Given the huge infrastructure and strategic importance of the Bogibeel, PM Narendra Modi is expected to inaugurate it by the end of this year. That’s around 16 years after the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee laid the foundation stone of the Bogibeel bridge in 2002! Bogibeel bridge is 4.94 kilometres long, revised from an initial estimated length of 4.31 kilometres. PM Modi has time and again stressed on need to improve railway and road connectivity to the North-East states, and the Bogibeel bridge is a crucial step in that direction.