After more than 16 years of making, India’s longest railway-cum-road Bogibeel bridge is about to get ready by the end of this year – bringing Assam and Arunachal Pradesh closer and giving a major booster to defence logistics at the Indo-Chinese border.
The Bogibeel bridge project started in 2002 with an aim to cut down the travel time between Dibrugarh in Assam to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh – making it India’s longest rail-road bridge that is constructed as per designs of bridged in Sweden and Denmark. As per the reports, all civil work of the 4.94 kilometre long Bogibeel bridge will be completed by July, after which, two months will be needed to finish off the electrical and signalling work. By the end of this year, the bridge connecting Assam and Arunachal Pradesh will be completed and will be ready to get operational. Besides being the longest rail-road bridge in India, the Bogibeel Bridge is the second longest in Asia with three lanes of road on top and double line rail below.
The distance between Dibrugarh and Pasighat is currently 600 kilometres, however, once the Bogibeel Bridge will become operational, the distance will be cut down to merely just 40 kilometres. The bridge connecting the north and south banks of the Brahmaputra in the eastern region of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh will cut down the travel and goods transportation time by rail as well as road traveling. For example, at present, the train journey on the route takes about 37 hours from Assam to Arunachal Pradesh, but via the Bogibeel bridge, the same journey will be reduced to just three hours. Besides trains – buses, auto rickshaws and other transportation mediums will be introduced to make commutation easier on the belt.
Bogibeel isn’t just aimed for civilian transportation, instead, this bridge will give a major booster to defence transportation for the armed forces on the Indo-Chinese border. Hence, almost-five kilometre bridge of Bogibeel is both a symbol of development in the North-East as well as part of a strategic move to solve logistical issues for the armed forces stationed along the China border to get supplies from Tezpur to the 3,488-km long land boundary with China in Arunachal Pradesh. The ambitious Bogibeel project which has been ongoing since last 16 years and will cost a total of Rs 6000 crore – is now about to get operational by the end of this year.