The record length is by and large generally announced: at 4.94 km, the Bogibeel Bridge is the nation’s longest street cum-rail scaffold, and its fourth longest of any sort above water. The hugeness of the scaffold, introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday, isn’t simply out there it covers over the Brahmaputra yet additionally in the train travel time it decreases along the banks of the waterway.
The Bogibeel Bridge, inside Assam, is 20 km from the fringe with Arunachal Pradesh. Extension joint the two banks Dibrugarh on the Brahmaputra’s south bank to Dhemaji on the north bank. While railroad lines keep running along the two banks, a train intersection of the Brahmaputra was conceivable at just two places up until this point. Both these rail-cum-street choices — in Jogighopa in western Assam and on the edges of Guwahati (Saraighat connect) — are many kilometers from the Assam-Arunachal outskirt, and both interfaces train from the north into the south. The Bogibeel Bridge gives an option in the east.
Inside the Northeast, the train venture among Assam and Arunachal Pradesh now diminish from 500 km to 100 km, as indicated by subtleties discharged by the undertaking designers. Up until this point, voyagers needed to make the circle by means of Guwahati. For whatever is left of India as well, Dibrugarh winds up available without voyaging through Guwahati. The train venture from Delhi to Dibrugarh diminishes by 3 hours (from 37 hours to 34) and the separation by 170 km.
This lifts the barrier powers by encouraging speedier development of troops and gear to regions close to the India-China fringe. It likewise benefits visitors, exchange products and those looking for therapeutic treatment. Dibrugarh, considered a passage to parts of Arunachal Pradesh, is home to Assam Medical College. For patients on the north bank, the main intersection into Dibrugarh so far was by ship. That could take up to a few hours; a train can cross the new extension in 5 minutes.
The Prime Minister hailed off an Intercity Express between Tinsukia in Assam and Naharlagun in Arunachal Pradesh. The train will run five days seven days.
“The Bogibeel Bridge’s greatest advantage is sparing travel time via trains and vehicles in the district and giving better availability,” R V R Kishore, Project Director, Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), revealed to The Indian Express. HCC, alongside Germany-based DSD Brouckenbau and VNR Infrastructures, holds the agreement for building the superstructure of the extension.
The extension has been three decades really taking shape. The proposition goes back to the Assam Accord of 1985. It was endorsed by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs in 1997, the establishment stone was laid that year by then Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, and development was initiated in 2002 by then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Work on the substructure started in 2008; the superstructure contract was granted to HCC alongside DSD and VNR in 2011. A representative for Northeast Frontier Railway said the evaluated authorized expense of the task is Rs 5,920 crore.
As a railroad connect, the Bogibeel Bridge upstages the 4.62-km Vembanad Bridge among Edappally and Vallarpadam in Kochi, Kerala, and also the 4.55-km Digha-Sonpur crosswise over Ganga in Bihar. The previous is a rail connect over the Vembanad Lake; the last is rail-cum-street like the Bogibeel Bridge.
In an examination of all extensions crosswise over water, the Bogibeel comes in at fourth, after the neighboring Dhola-Sadiya street connect (9.15 km), the Patna-Hajipur street connects (5.75 km), and the Bandra-Worli Sea Link (5.6 km).
In October, the Center declared an arrangement for the development of a 19-km connects over the Brahmaputra from Dhubri in Assam to Phulbari in Meghalaya. The proposed time of culmination is 10 years. When that occurs, three of India’s five longest extensions would keep running the nation over a vastest waterway.