Asaam: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Bogibeel Bridge, India’s longest railroad bridge over the Brahmaputra river in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam on 25 December 2018. The construction of the bridge started in the year 2002 April and ended in the year 2018 December. It took almost 200 months to complete the construction of the bridge due to heavy rainfall in the region.
With the opening of the bridge, the rail journey from Dibrugarh to the Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar has been cut by 750 kilometres.
Built at an estimated cost of Rs 5,600 crore, the 4.94 kilometres long ‘Bogibeel Bridge’ will play a crucial role in the defence movement along the border with China in Arunachal Pradesh. The bridge is strong enough to bear the weight of India’s heaviest battle tanks and even fighter jets can land on it.
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Bogibeel bridge India’s first bridge to have fully welded steel-concrete support beams that can withstand earthquakes of magnitudes up to 7 Richter Scale.
The Bogibeel bridge is Asia’s second longest rail-cum-road bridge and fourth longest bridge in India. It has a serviceable period of around 120 years.