GUWAHATI: Assam’s long wait for the Bogibeel Bridge India’s longest rail-road bridge. Its foundation was laid in 1997. The 4.9km-long bridge, which witnessed several protests and missed deadlines. The five-kilometre structure spans the waters of the mighty Brahmaputra River.
Speaking about the bridge, former Assam chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, said: “It has been a long-pending demand of the people of the region and I feel glad that it has become a reality now.” The train has nine second class coaches with seating arrangement and one air-conditioned chair car. Apart from this, two luggage-cum-generator cars will be present.
The 4.9 km-long bridge was constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 5,900 crore – exceeding its initial budget of about Rs. 3,200 crore and originally planned length of 4.31 km. The Bogibeel bridge in Assam will serve to be a huge connectivity boost to the North-East, especially for the movement of troops and weapons in areas close to the China border.