Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on December 25, inaugurate the Bogibeel Bridge, India’s longest rail-cum-road bridge, connecting Dibrugarh in Assam to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh, a senior railway official said.
It is 4.94 km long and 32 metres above the water level of the Brahmaputra.
“Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the bridge on December 25 which is also marked by the government as Good Governance Day,” the official said.
It will be the second largest bridge in Asia with three-lane roads on top and on below double-line railway track.
The foundation stone of the bridge was laid in 1997 by former prime minister H D Deve Gowda. However, the work started only in 2002.
As per the reports, the project has missed several deadlines, it was supposed to be completed in June 2017 but got delayed.
The project also includes the construction of a trans-Arunachal highway on the north bank of the Brahmaputra and new road and rail links over the mighty river and its major tributaries.
The bridge will also decrease the journey time from Guwahati to Delhi.