BOGIBEEL BRIDGE: ASSAM’S LONG WAIT FOR CONNECTIVITY REALIZED
Bogibeel Bridge across the river Brahmaputra connects Dhemaji in the North and Dibrugarh in the South in the State of Assam. With a distance of 4.94 kms, it is the longest combined rail-road bridge in the country.
The bridge was completed with an extended cost of ₹5,920 crores as against an initial estimate of ₹1,767 crores and with a delay in scheduled completion.
The bridge was first demanded in 1977. Since then political parties like Asom Gana Parishad had heavily lobbied for the inclusion of the project in the subsequent Railway Budgets. But the project had remained for long on paper due to hefty costs associated with the project.
Former Prime Minister of India H.D Dewe Gowda laid the foundation stone in the year 1997. The bridge is just 20 kms away from Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border and act as an alternative route for the residents of Upper Assam who use another bridge in Tezpur.
Bogibeel Bridge act as a strategic infrastructure for India as it helps in smooth transiting of Indian armed forces to the sensitive Tibetan border in Arunachal Pradesh.
Dhola Sadiya Bridge is the longest road bridge across Brahmaputra with a length of 9.15 kms.
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Reference: thehindu.com, wikipedia