PM inaugurates longest rail cum road bridge in Assam | Current Affairs, Current Affairs 2018

PM inaugurates longest rail cum road bridge in Assam

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the country’s longest rail-cum-road bridge in Bogibeel over the Brahmaputra river in Assam.

The inauguration of the bridge coincided with the birth anniversary of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, under whose government the work for the bridge started in 2002. Addressing a public gathering in Assam’s Dhemaji district, The Bogibeel project was a part of the 1985 Assam Accord and was sanctioned in 1997-98. The foundation stone was laid by then prime minister HD Deve Gouda on January 22, 1997, but the commencement of work on the project was done by Vajpayee on April 21, 2002.

Bogibeel is a double-decker bridge, the fourth across the Brahmaputra, has two railway lines on the lower deck and a three-lane road on the upper, strong enough to withstand movement of heavy military tanks. It have a serviceable period of around 120 years, is India’s only fully welded bridge for which European welding standards were adhered to for the first time in the country.

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