On Thursday, a trial engine run on the Bogibeel Bridge over the Brahmaputra River was carried out by Northeast frontier railway on one of the two tracks from the North bank (Dhemaji side) to South bank (Dibrugarh side).
The Bogibeel Bridge is the country’s longest rail-cum-road bridge. Bogibeel bridge will provide a connection between the Rangia-Murkongselek section of the North East Frontier Railway on the north bank of Brahmaputra and Lumding–Dibrugarh section that lies to the south of the Brahmaputra.
A New Dibrugarh Railway Station, expected to be the largest in the region, has been proposed and is to be linked to the Rangia – Murkongselek line via Chaulkhowa and Moranhat. The Railways have initiated the gauge conversion of the Dhamalgaon to Sisiborgaon rail line to the north of the bridge and commissioned the 44 km Chalkhowa – Moranhat line to the south.
Late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had kick-started its construction work on April 21, 2002.