Bridge opening ceremony on December 25!

Bridge opening ceremony on December 25!

India's longest railroad bridge, Bogibeel Bridgewill be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra on December 25.The ceremony of opening of the bridge coincides with the 94th birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away in August. In 2002Vajpayee laid the foundation stone of this bridge.The overpass, called Bogibeel Bridge, is in Assam and is a combined road and rail bridge over the River Brahmaputra precisely between the districts of Dhemaji and Dibrugarh.It is believed that this route will help the people of Arunachal Pradesh by saving their time on commuting to southern Assam.Currently, a train journey from Arunachal Pradesh to Assam's Dibrugarh requires a 500 km detour via Guwahati. After the bridge becomes functional, the distance will be reduced by 100 km. For the movement of troops to Arunachal Pradesh bordering China the connectivity is also strategically important.In 1997, this project was first cleared by then Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda.First sanctioned at a cost of Rs 3,230.02 crore, and was later revised to Rs 4,857 crores to cost escalation and increase in its length to nearly 5 km as against 4.31 km.

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