The Bogibeel bridge, India’s longest rail-cum-road bridge will be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25.
The first passenger train passing through the Bogibeel bridge, Tinsukia-Naharlagun Intercity Express, will run five days a week.
The 4.9-km bridge on the Bramhaputra river, will cut down the train-travel time between Assam’s Tinsukia to Naharlagun town of Arunachal Pradesh by more than 10 hours.
Late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurated the construction work for the Bogibeel bridge in 2002. Its foundation stone was laid by former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda in 1997.
The bridge will connect the south bank of the Brahmaputra river in Dibrugarh district of Assam with Silapathar in Dhemaji district.
Prime Minister Modi will also flag off the train after inaugurating the Bogibeel bridge on December 25, the birth anniversary of late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and observed as the ‘Good Governance Day’ by the Centre.