Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated much awaited and India’s longest rail-cum-road bridge, the Bogibeel bridge, in Assam on Tuesday. It is Asia’s second longest rail-cum-road bridge.
The Prime Minister arrived in Dibrugarh today. Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi, CM Sarbhananda Sonowal were present at the event. The Bogibeel Bridge was constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 5,800 crore.
The 4.94-km Bogibeel Bridge is the country’s longest rail-road bridge, connecting the south bank of the Brahmaputra River in Dibrugarh district of Assam with Silapathar in Dhemaji district, bordering Arunachal Pradesh.
The foundation stone of the bridge was laid by former prime minister H D Deve Gowda in January 1997 but the work started only in April 2002, after Atal Bihari Vajpayee kick started the project. The Modi government had asked for expediting work on the bridge which had already missed several deadlines.