PM Modi to inaugurate India’s longest road-rail bridge this year

With the motive to improve logistics along the China border India’s longest road and Railway Bridge connecting Dibrugarh in Assam to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh is likely to be inaugurated later this year by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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While all the civil work would be completed by July this year (2018), two more months would be required to finish the electrical and signaling work on the 4.94 km bridge, said Mahender Singh, chief engineer, construction, Bogibeel project.

According to the officials, the Bogibeel bridge is likely to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi by the end of this year.

The Bogibeel bridge, which is going to be the second longest bridge in Asia, has three-lane roads on top and double line rail below.

The bridge is 32 meters above the water level of the Brahmaputra and is fashioned on a bridge that links Sweden and Denmark.

Officials said that this is a symbol of development in the northeast 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.

Bogibeel is part of infrastructure projects framed by India to improve logistics along the border in Arunachal Pradesh. 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. However, this bridge was 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.

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