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Modi inaugurates India's longest rail-road bridge in Assam

  • Published at 11:49 pm December 25th, 2018
Narendra Modi
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Reuters

Known as the Bogibeel Bridge, it is 4.94km long

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated country’s longest rail-road bridge in Assam on Tuesday. 

Known as the Bogibeel Bridge, it is 4.94km long. It connects Assam’s Dhemaji and Dibrugarh districts on the North and South banks of the Brahmaputra, which is located just over 20km away from the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. 

Upon completion of the railway project, the distance between Dhemaji and Dibrugarh has been reduced from 500km to 100km.

“I am glad to be here among you in Assam on this special day. The people of Assam strongly contributed to the development of our nation. Several stalwarts from Assam were involved in India’s struggle for freedom as well,” Modi said while addressing the gathering during the inauguration.

He also said the Bogibeel Bridge is a lifeline for the people of Assam, and will enhance connectivity between the state and other parts of India.

Invoking memories of deceased former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, whose birthday is celebrated as “Good Governance Day” in India on December 25, Modi said: “Atalji had a vision for the development of the Bogibeel Bridge. The bridge is also a tribute to that vision. When Atalji’s government lost power in 2004, several key infrastructure projects of his era were not completed. Things have changed after May 2014, since when topmost priority is being accorded to key projects.”

“The Bogibeel Bridge will help people in the Northeast with improved connectivity and faster transportation. The bridge will also improve trade and economy,” Modi added.

Former Indian prime minister HD Deve Gowda laid the foundation stone for the Bogibeel Bridge in January 1997, and Vajpayee inaugurated the construction work in 2002.