Modi inaugurates Bogibeel bridge. Photograph:( ANI )
Bogibeel will cut down travel time between the two banks of the Brahmaputra by as much as 10 hours. The first passenger train passing through the road and rail bridge was flagged off by PM Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Bogibeel bridge in Dibrugarh, Assam on Tuesday. Bogibeel is be the country's longest rail-road bridge.
The first passenger train passing through Bogibeel was flagged off by PM Modi, PTI reported.
December 25 is also the birth anniversary of late former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and is observed by the government as "Good Governance Day".
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.
(With inputs from PTI)