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Bogibeel Bridge: PM Narendra Modi To Gift Nation 4.9 KM Marvel In Assam

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| December 25 , 2018 , 11:43 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the longest rail-cum-road Bogibeel Bridge on Brahmaputra river on Tuesday, on the birth anniversary of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The bridge will not only improve connectivity between the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River, but also help the economic development of the region and strengthen the defence movement along the India-China frontiers.

Also, it will reduce the travel time for over five million people living in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to four hours and will cut out the detour of over 170 km via Tinsukia.

It will also reduce Delhi to Dibrugarh train-travel time by about three hours to 34 hours as against 37 hours presently. The Bridge is designed to withstand tremors up to 7 and beyond.

The 4.94 kilometre-long Bogibeel Bridge was sanctioned in 1997-98 during the prime ministership of H D Deve Gowda, who also laid the foundation stone.

The work began only in 2002 when Vajpayee was the prime minister. The project took close to 20 years to get completed and be available to people.

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The Bogibeel bridge is India's only fully welded bridge for which european codes and welding standards were adhered to for the first time in the country.

The estimated cost of the bridge is Rs.5,900 crore and has a serviceable period of about 120 years.

After the inauguration of the Bogibeel Bridge PM Modi will address a public rally in Dhemaji at the other side of the river. PM will also flag off the first passenger train passing through the Bogibeel bridge.