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Narendra Modi to inaugurate India’s longest rail-road bridge

  • Published at 11:11 pm December 23rd, 2018
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The bridge and the train will be a boon for the people of Dhemaji as major hospitals, medical colleges and the airport are in Dibrugarh, the third-largest city in Northeast India

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Bogibeel rail-cum-road bridge on the River Brahmaputra in Assam on December 25. 

“The 4.94km Bogibeel Bridge will be the longest rail-cum-road bridge in India and will connect Dhemaji and Dibrugarh on the North and South banks of the Brahmaputra. It is located just over 20kms away from the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. Upon the completion of the railway project, the distance between Dhemaji and Dibrugarh has been reduced to 100 kms from 500,” sources in the Northeast Frontier Railway said.

The bridge and the train will be a boon for the people of Dhemaji as major hospitals, medical colleges and the airport are in Dibrugarh, the third-largest city in Northeast India.

Former Indian prime minister HD Deve Gowda laid the foundation stone for the Bogibeel Bridge in Jan 1997 and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurated the construction work in 2002.

Modi will flag off the train after the inauguration of the Bogibeel Bridge on December 25, the birth anniversary of deceased Vajpayee which is also observed as ‘Good Governance Day’ by India’s central government.