Infrastructure/Development Politics

Assam: Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this year will inaugurate India’s longest road and Railway Bridge connecting Dibrugarh in Assam to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh.

While all the civil work would be completed by July this year, two more months would be needed to finish the electrical and signaling work on the Bogibeel Bridge which is 4.94 km long.

The bridge, which is the second longest in Asia, has three lane roads on top and double line rail below. It is 32 meters above the water level of the Brahmaputra and is fashioned on a bridge that links Sweden and Denmark.

For the government, the bridge is both a symbol of development in the northeast as well as part of a strategic move solving logistical issues for the armed forces stationed at the China border to get supplies from Tezpur.

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.

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