New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated India’s longest road-rail bridge connecting Assam and Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday.
Country’s longest rail-cum-road bridge is built over mighty Brahmaputra river. It has given a big boost to the rail and road infrastructure in the country.
The 4.94 kilometre-long ‘Bogibeel Bridge’ is the Christmas gift of the prime minister to the nation.
The inauguration of the longest bridge has coincided with the birthday of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Sanctioned in 1997-98 during the regime of H D Deve Gowda, the project took close to 20 years to see the light of day.
The work began in 2002 when Vajpayee was the prime minister. The bridge spans from Dibrugarh in Assam to Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh.
Approximately 3 million bags of cement, around 19250 tonnes of reinforcement steel and around 2800 tonnes of structural steel was used to construct the structure.
The lower deck of the railway track has double line broad gauge tracks, while the upper deck of the bridge is a three-lane road.