PM Modi will inaugurate India’s longest railroad bridge which is named as Bogibeel Bridge on 25th December and this day will also be marked by the government as Good Governance Day. The Bogibeel Bridge is 4.94 km long which will connect the north and the south banks of the river Brahmaputra, which falls in the eastern part of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The Bogibeel bridge will provide a connection between the Rangia-Murkongselek section of the North East Frontier Railway on the north bank of Brahmaputra and Lumding Dibrugarh Section that lies to the south of the Brahmaputra river.
It is designed to carry a double line 1,676mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge railway on the lower deck and a 3-lane road on the upper deck.
Bogibeel Bridge is the fourth railroad bridge on the Brahmaputra river in Assam. Due to the location, the bridge will have a strategic importance to India as it will significantly enhance India’s ability to transport troops and supplies to its border with Tibet in Arunachal Pradesh. The Bridge traces its origin to Assam record of 1985 and it was one of several major infrastructural projects to be set up in Assam.
The foundation stone of this was laid by former Prime Minister of India HD Deve Gouda in January 1997 and was expected to complete by the end of the 9th Five-year plan. The construction of the bridge was started in the April 2002 when former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurated the construction. With several deadlines having been missed over the past 16 years, the first freight train will run on December 3, 2018. This bridge is a part of the infrastructure project planned by India to improve logistics along the border of Arunachal Pradesh. This includes the constructions of trans – Arunachal highway and new road and rail links over the Brahmaputra and its Tributaries.