Date of Post: 14 Dec, 2018
Bogibeel Bridge, the longest rail-cum-road bridge on Brahmaputra river, is all set to be inaugurated on December 25 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi which will facilitate faster movement of troops to Arunachal Pradesh. The 4.98 km long bridge will also reduce the distance for the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.
- The foundation stone of the bridge was laid in 1997 by the then Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda.
- The construction, however, started only in 2002 when then (late) Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurated the construction works.
- The bridge is located just over 20 km away from the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border and therefore, is expected to act as an alternative to the Kolia Bhomora Setu in Tezpur, in providing connectivity to around 5 million people residing in Upper Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
- 99% of the bridge’s construction work has been completed, said Chief Engineer of the Northeast Frontier (NF) Railway’s Bogibeel Project, Mahendra Singh.
- The rest of the work which includes ‘final finish’ would be done before December 20.
- “We have also used fully welded guarder technology and high quality copper bearing steel to increase the durability of the bridge,” Project Director of Hindustan Construction Company Limited (HCC), R.V.R. Kishore said.
- The HCC was awarded a contract to construct the superstructure of Bogibeel bridge in November 2011.
- Kishore said,”Bogibeel Bridge falls in seismic zone-V. This zone has been the most vulnerable to earthquakes with magnitudes in excess of seven on the Richter scale. To offer good stability to the heavy spans (1700 MT), they are provided with seismic restrainers.”
- The bridge is designed to withstand tremors up to 7 and beyond, Kishore said.
- Last year in May, PM Modi inaugurated the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge, also referred to as the Bhupen Hazarika Setu.
- The bridge, connecting Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, spans Lohit river – a major tributary of Brahmaputra, from the village of Dhola to Sadiya.
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