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Bogibeel bridge inauguration highlights: Bridge a lifeline for people of Assam, says PM

Bogibeel bridge inauguration highlights: The double-decker bridge, the fourth across the Brahmaputra, has two railway lines on the lower deck and a three-lane road on the upper, strong enough to withstand movement of even heavy military tanks.

Written by Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 25, 2018 5:01:47 pm
PM Modi waves towards a passing train on the Bogibeel railroad bridge. (Source: ANI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated India’s longest railroad bridge, Bogibeel bridge, in Dibrugarh on Tuesday. The bridge was inaugurated 21 years after its foundation stone was laid. The double-decker bridge, the fourth across the Brahmaputra, has two railway lines on the lower deck and a three-lane road on the upper, strong enough to withstand movement of even heavy military tanks.

The 4.94 km bridge, built at a cost of Rs 5,900 crore by the Indian Railways, will reduce travel time from Assam to Arunachal Pradesh to four hours and will also cut down train travel between Delhi to Dibrugarh by three hours. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will green-flag the traffic on the bridge, opening it for the public.

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PM Modi inaugurates Bogibeel bridge in Assam. Here are the highlights

15:58 (IST)25 Dec 2018
Bogibeel bridge will improve trade and boost the economy, says PM Modi

PM Modi also flagged off the Tinsukia-Naharlagun Intercity Express. The train will run five days a week. Addressing a public rally in Dhemaji district, Modi said the Bogibeel bridge would help the patients in North East with improved connectivity and faster transportation. He also assured the people that the government was working on many more projects for the Northeast that would be launched in the coming days. "Bogibeel bridge will improve trade and boost the economy," Modi said. The bridge is part of the infrastructure projects planned by India to improve logistics along the border in Arunachal Pradesh.

15:53 (IST)25 Dec 2018
Delayed infra projects were impacting development, says PM

The Bogibeel bridge is part of the infrastructure projects planned by India to improve logistics along the border in Arunachal Pradesh. "Delayed infrastructure projects were adversely impacting India's development trajectory. When we assumed office, we added speed to these projects and worked towards their quick completion. Centre, Assam and Arunachal government are constantly striving for good governance," says PM Modi.

15:47 (IST)25 Dec 2018
Bogibeel bridge a tribute to vision of Atal Bihari Vajpayee: PM Modi

Continuing his speech, PM Modi says Atal Bihari Vajpayee had the vision for the development of the Bogibeel bridge about 16 years ago. "Vajpayee had a vision for the development of the Bogibeel bridge. This bridge is also a tribute to that vision of Atal Ji. When Vajpayee's government lost power in 2004, several key infrastructure projects of his era were not completed. Things have changed after May 2014 when topmost priority is being accorded to key projects," the PM says.

15:40 (IST)25 Dec 2018
Bogibeel bridge is a lifeline for the people of Assam, says PM Modi

PM Modi says the Bogibeel bridge is a lifeline for the people of Assam and will enhance connectivity between the state to other parts of the nation. "I am in Assam on the day we mark the Jayanti of our beloved Atal Ji. Atal Ji gave great importance to good governance. Good governance is all about strong and inclusive growth," Modi says. The 4.9-km bridge will cut down the train-travel time between Tinsukia in Assam to Naharlagun town of Arunachal Pradesh by more than 10 hours.

15:36 (IST)25 Dec 2018
People of Assam have made strong contribution towards nation development, says PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the country's longest rail-cum-road bridge over the Brahmaputra river at Bogibeel near Dibrugarh in Assam. Modi said the inauguration of the Bogibeel bridge was a historic feat. "I am glad to be here in Assam, among you all on this special day. The people of Assam have made a strong contribution towards the development of our nation. Several stalwarts from Assam were involved in the freedom struggle as well," Modi said.

Bogibeel: Five things you need to know about India's longest road-rail bridge A national project, the Bogibeel bridge is being constructed by the railways. ( Source: Express photo )

The Bogibeel Bridge, which will have a serviceable period of around 120 years, is India’s only fully welded bridge for which European welding standards were adhered to for the first time in the country. The bridge has 39 girders of 125 meter and 2 girders of a 33-meter span. The girders have steel floor system for railway tracks and concrete for the road. This type of structure was constructed for the first time on Indian Railways.

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