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  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurated the construction in 2002 : India’s Longest Railroad Bridge Ready After 21 Years, Prime Minister Modi To Launch Train

    Published on December 23, 2018

    By Bhupen Goswami (PNI)

    Guwahati : The construction of the bridge will be a major boost in improving logistical support to the armed forces along the border in Arunachal Pradesh as India shares a nearly 4,000 km border with China. Bogibeel, India’s longest rail-cum-road bridge connecting Dibrugarh in Assam to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh, will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modion December 25.Bhaskar Gogoi was 18 when then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurated the construction work for the Bogibeel bridge in 2002. Its foundation stone was laid by former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda in 1997. Sixteen years after work on the bridge started, Mr Gogoi has come to the site to see the completed bridge. Spanning 4.94 km in length, the Bogibeel bridge, India’s longest railroad bridge, will be thrown open for traffic by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. “I was in school when late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajyapee came here to inaugurate the construction work. Over the years this bridge has been our dream, it is an outcome of several protests, struggle and is a major boost to this part of northeast” Mr Gogoi told NDTV. For 21 years, residents of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have been waiting for the completion of the double decker rail and road bridge, on the Bramhaputra river, which would will cut down the train-travel time between Tinsukia in Assam to Naharlagun town of Arunachal Pradesh by more than 10 hours. Hailed as an engineering marvel, the Bogibeel bridge is also a key infrastructure for the defence of the north eastern border. “Bridging the Brahmaputra is in itself is challenging. It is a high rainfall area and falls in the seismic zone. This is a bridge which is unique in many way. It is the longest in the country,” said Pranav Jyoti Sarma , CPRO of Northeast Frontier Railways. Built by the Indian Railways, the double-decker bridge has two railway lines on the lower deck and a three-lane road on the upper, strong enough to withstand movement of heavy defence tanks. The Bogibeel bridge will connect the south bank of the Brahmaputra river in Assam’s Dibrugarh district with Silapathar in Dhemaji district, bordering Arunachal Pradesh. The railways have reduced the distance between Dhemaji and Dibrugarh from 500 Kms to 100 kms with the completion of the project.The project has been completed at a cost of Rs. 5,920 crore. “This will prove to be a divine blessing for Dibrugarh. This will propel Dibrugarh as the next biggest business hub after Gwuahati, there are ther sectors like educations, health and other services where Dibrugarh should see a sea chance after the bridge is opened up” Hafizur Rehman, a local businessman in Dibrugarh, said. The bridge and the train will be a boon for the people of Dhemaji as major hospitals, medical colleges and airport are in Dibrugarh, the third-largest city in the Northeast. PM Modi will flag off the train after inaugurating the Bogibeel bridge on December 25, the birth anniversary of late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and observed as the ‘Good Governance Day’ by the Centre. 75 COMMENTS The bridge is part of the infrastructure projects planned by India to improve logistics along the border in Arunachal Pradesh.However, goof ups do not end with Phukan’s ‘position’.It remains unclear from the invitation letter as to whether Prof Mukhi or Union Rail Minister Goyal will preside over the inaugural programme. The other guests of honour list include Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of State for Railways, Rajen Gohain, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju and Union DoNER Minsiter Dr Jitendra Singh. Among the special guests include Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Lok Sabha members Rameswar Teli and Pradan Baruah,