Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate on December 25 the Bogibeel Bridge, India’s longest rail-road bridge, connecting the north and south banks of the Brahmaputra near Dibrugarh and Dhemaji in the eastern part of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
It will be a dream coming true for thousands of people living in Upper Assam and Eastern Arunachal as the 4.94 km bridge is inaugurated.
“The PM will inaugurate the bridge on December 25 which is also marked by the government as Good Governance Day,” a senior official told the media.
While former prime minister HD Deve Gowda laid the foundation stone for the Bogibeel bridge in January 1997, the work started only in April 2002 when former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurated the construction.
With several deadlines having been missed over the past 16 years, the first freight train ran on it on December 3.
Bogibeel is part of infrastructure projects planned 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.