PM Narendra Modi inaugurates India’s longest rail-cum-road bridge in Assam, flags off first passenger train

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the country’s longest rail-cum-road bridge over Brahmaputra river at Bogibeel near Dibrugarh in Assam.

Prime Minister Modi, along with Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, also walked a few metres on the bridge.

Modi dedicated the Bogibeel bridge to the nation. The bridge, which spans the River Brahmaputra between Dibrugarh and Dhemaji districts of Assam, is of immense economic and strategic significance for the nation. At a massive public meeting in Kareng Chapori, on the northern bank of the Brahmaputra, the Prime Minister also flagged off the first passenger train passing through the bridge.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that today is the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpaye and the day is also celebrated as “Good Governance Day”.

The Prime Minister said that for the last four and a half years, the Union Government has pursued the objective of good governance. He said the dedication of the historic Bogibeel rail-cum-road bridge, is a symbol of this objective.

He further said, “the bridge will reduce distances between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. This bridge had been a dream for the people of this region for generations and is now a reality.”

He further added that Dibrugarh is an important centre of healthcare, education and commerce in the region

The Prime Minister also appreciated all those involved in the construction of the bridge.