India gets its longest Bogibeel railroad bridge: Things you should know
Guwahati : India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off India's longest railroad bridge Bogibeel in Assam on December 25. He will flag off the Tinsukia-Naharlagun Intercity Express, which will pass through the bridge five-days a week, allowing people to commute between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh faster.
The 4.9 km-long bridge on Bramhaputra river boasts of being Asia's second longest rail-cum-road bridge and has been completed 16 years after first announcement by then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Here're some important things to know about the country's longest Bogibeel railroad bridge:
- Bogibeel is a 4.9 km-long bridge on Bramhaputra river.
- It is Asia's second longest rail-cum-road bridge.
- The bridge has a serviceable period of around 120 years.
- Bogibeel Bridge is India's only fully welded bridge.
- Estimated cost of the bridge is Rs 5,900 crore.
- It cuts travel time from Assam to Arunachal Pradesh to four hours.
- It will cut train travel time from Delhi to Dibrugarh by three hours.
- The bridge has a two-line railway track on the lower deck and a three-lane road on the top deck.
- For the first time in Indian Railways, the girder has steel floor system for railway tracks and concrete for road.
- PM Modi will inaugurate the bridge on Tuedsay, 16 years after it was announced by then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
It is likely that now people living in remote areas of North-east India can travel around at ease within limited time span. More updates on Indian Railways are yet to come. Till then stay tuned!