Fighter jets can land on India's longest rail-road bridge Bogibeel & other facts about it

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Dec 25, 2018, 11:28 AM(IST)

Bogibeel bridge. (Image source: Wikipedia) Photograph:( Others )

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The 4.9-km bridge will cut down train travel time between Tinsukia in Assam and Naharlagun in Arunachal Pradesh by over 10 hours.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the Bogibeel bridge in Dibrugarh, Assam. Bogibeel is the country's longest rail-road bridge. 

The Prime Minister also flagged-off first passenger train passing through Bogibeel.

Bogibeel connects the south bank of the Brahmaputra river in Assam's Dibrugarh district with Silapathar in Dhemaji district, bordering Arunachal Pradesh.

The 4.9-km bridge will cut down train travel time between Tinsukia in Assam and Naharlagun in Arunachal Pradesh by over 10 hours.

"It will take five-and-a-half hours compared to the 15-20 hours it currently takes. Passengers had to change trains multiple times and take a long-winded route," Northeast Frontier Railway spokesperson Nripen Bhattacharya said.

The Tinsukia-Naharlagun Intercity Express will run five days a week.  

The bridge was inaugurated on the occasion of the Good Governance Day which commemorates the birth anniversary of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. 

Here are some top facts about the bridge. 

1. The foundation of the bridge was laid over two decades back in the year 1997.

2. The bridge is built across the mighty Brahmaputra river.

3. The bridge is sturdy enough to support the movement of tanks and fighter jet landings. As reported by PTI, the bridge's three-lane roads can act as landing strips for the Air Force

4. The bridge is said to have a lifespan on around 120 years. It is the country's only fully-welded bridge.

5. On the lower deck the bridge there exists a two-line railway track while on top it has a three-lane road. It will reduce the Delhi to Dibrugarh train travel time by nearly three hours.

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