The Prime Minister, after inaugurating the country's longest rail-cum-road bridge over the Brahmaputra river at Bogibeel, flagged off the Tinsukia-Naharlagun Express Train. The Express will run five days a week and the new bridge will cut down the train-travel time between Tinsukia in Assam to Naharlagun town of Arunachal Pradesh by more than ten hours.
Speaking at the event, PM Modi said, “The inauguration of the Bogibeel Bridge is a historic feat and I am glad to be here in Assam, among you all on this special day.” The bridge is a lifeline connecting the lives of millions of people in the region and has reduced the distance between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, he added. He congratulated the entire team that worked hard to compete the bridge.
PM Modi was accompanied by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who commented, “A new dawn heralds for Assam and the North East”.
The bridge which begins at Dibrugarh and ends at Dhemaji districts of Assam, will remove communication bottlenecks to several districts of Arunachal Pradesh.
It has been constructed at a cost of about Rs. 5,900 crores and has a serviceable period of around 120 years. Chief Engineer Mohinder Singh said, ‘It it is India's only fully welded bridge for which European codes and welding standards were adhered to for the first time in the country”.