The Indian Railways is responsible for some outstanding engineering marvels. As large and imposing as they are, these structures define the engineering abilities of the national transporter. The longest tunnel in India and the world’s tallest girder rail bridge in Manipur–two milestones of the Railways that you can learn about here.
Well, the Railways is at it again. Connecting locations to make the country a smaller place. The country’s longest road and railway bridge, connecting Dibrugarh in Assam to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh.
It is expected to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this year.
The civil work at this humongous structure is almost complete and will be done by July. According to Mahender Singh, the Chief Engineer (construction), the electrical and signalling work on the 4.94 km bridge will also be done by then.
The bridge, according to officials quoted in the Economic Times, is a symbol of development in the North East, and part of the strategic plan to solve logistical issues faced by the armed forces stationed in the area. It has been named as the Bogibeel project.
Incidentally, this bridge is one of many projects in the pipeline, to improve logistics along the Arunachal Pradesh border. Other initiatives include a trans-Arunachal highway on the north bank of the Brahmaputra, and new road and rail links over the river and its tributaries like the Dibang, Lohit, Subansiri and Kameng.
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Here’s what you should know about the bridge.
It is 4.94 kilometres long.
It has been fashioned on a bridge, linking Sweden and Denmark.
The second longest in Asia, it has three-lane roads on top, and a double rail line running below.
It stands 32 metres above the water’s surface.
The new bridge over the Brahmaputra will save a 600 km detour and will save a lot of trouble for citizens as well as the armed forces.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)