Prime Minister inaugurates the Longest Rail-cum-Road Bridge constructed over Brahmaputra river in Assam

The foundation stone of the Project was laid by the then Prime Minister of India, H.D. Deve Gowda on January 22, 1997 and work commencement of the Project work was done by Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee on April 21, 2002 with sufficient budgetary sanctions. N.F.Railway to run New Intercity Express Train via.Bogibeel Bridge.

DIBRUGARH: Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the India’s longest Road-cum-Rail bridge “Bogibeel Bridge” at Dibrugarh in Assam today i.e. the 25th December 2018.

Bogibeel Rail-cum-Road Bridge over River Brahmaputra is situated 17 Km from Dibrugarh City in Assam. Constructed for Double Line Broad Gauge Rail Line and Three lane Road, Bogibeel bridge will be the lifeline of North Eastern part of the country and will facilitate connectivity between North and South Banks of River Brahmaputra in the Eastern region of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

Bogibeel Bridge will also enhance the national security of the Eastern region of India by facilitating swift movement of Defence Forces and their equipment. Government of India has given utmost importance to this Bridge declaring it a National Project in the year 2007.

Bogibeel bridge will provide a connection between the Rangia-Murkongselek section of the North East Frontier Railway on the north bank of Brahmaputra and Lumding–Dibrugarh section that lies to the south of the Brahmaputra. Dibrugarh Railway Station, the largest in the region is to be linked to the Rangia – Murkongselek line via Chaulkhowa and Moranhat. The Railways have also initiated the gauge conversion of the Dhamalgaon to Sisiborgaon rail line to the north of the bridge and commissioned the 44 km Chalkhowa – Moranhat line to the south.

The remote districts of Anjaw, Changlang, Lohit, Lower Dibang Valley, Dibang Valley and Tirap of Arunachal Pradesh will be greatly benefited by this Bridge. Almost 75 percent of the 4000-km long border that India share with China is in Arunachal Pradesh and the bridge will help in logistical support for Indian Army manning this border.

With commencing of the bridge the Road distance from Dibrugarh, in Assam to Itanagar will be reduced by 150 km and the railway travel distance between these two points will be reduced by 705 km. Bogibeel Bridge Project was a part of Assam Accord 1985 and was sanctioned in the year 1997-98.

The foundation stone of the Project was laid by the then Prime Minister of India, H D Deve Gowda on January 22, 1997 and work commencement of the Project work was done by Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee on April 21, 2002. The bridge has a total length of 4.94 km (revised from 4.31 km). The sanctioned estimated cost of the Project was Rs. 3230.02 Crores. Revised estimate of the project amounts to Rs. 4,857 Crores which has been approved and sanctioned by the Railway Board to cover escalation and increased bridge length.

The design of Bogibeel bridge has 39 spans of 125 m and a superstructure of composite welded steel truss and reinforced concrete. It is designed to carry a double line 1,676 mm(5 ft 6 in) broad gauge railway on the lower deck and a 3-lane road on the upper deck. Upon completion it will be the longest combined rail and road bridge in India and second longest bridge over the Brahmaputra after Dhola-Sadiya Bridge which is a road bridge of length 9.15 km.

New Intercity Express trains via Bogibeel Bridge to be introduced by N.F. Railway

With the proposed inauguration of the much awaited Bogibeel bridge over river Brahmaputra, N.F. Railway plans to introduce two new Intercity Express trains connecting Tinsukia and Naharlagun via the new bridge. While one train will run five days in a week, another will run weekly. The new trains will benefit greatly the people of Arunachal Pradesh and on the north bank of river Brahmaputra. The inaugural special train will run only on 25th December and regular services will start from 26th December as per details given below:

While train no 15908 will leave Naharlagun at 05-30 hrs on every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday to arrive at Tinsukia at 11-00 hrs, in the return direction train no 15907 will leave Tinsukia at 16-00 hrs on every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday to arrive at Naharlagun at 21-15 hrs.

On the other hand, train no 15912 will leave Naharlagun at 05-30 hrs on every Thursday to arrive at Tinsukia at 11-00 hrs and train no 15911 will leave Tinsukia at 18-45 hrs on Thursday to arrive at Naharlagun at 00-10 hrs on Friday.

The trains will have stoppages at New Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Dhamalgaon, Dhemaji, Gogamukh, north Lakhimpur and Harmuti during jouney on both ways. The train will have one AC chair car and nine second class day coach with sitting accommodation apart from two luggage cum generator car.

On 25th December, the inaugural special train no 05907 will start from Dibrugarh at 11-30 hrs to arrive Naharlagun  at 18-45 hrs.

SAIL steel for Bogibeel Bridge

Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) has supplied around 35400 metric tonnes of steel for the construction of Bogibeel Road-cum-Rail Bridge on the river Brahmaputra. This quantity is little more than 50% of the total quantity of steel supplied for the bridge.

SAIL has also supplied TMT rebars, plates and structural for this 4.94 KM long bridge,which has composite welded steel truss girders in its structures. Earlier, SAIL had supplied 90% steel for the construction of the Dhola-Sadiyabridge, which is India’s longest bridge.

The 4.9 km-long bridge on the Brahmaputra river is Asia’s second longest rail-cum-road bridge. It has a serviceable period of 120 years.