PM Modi will flag off the first passenger train passing over the Bogibeel bridge in Assam on Tuesday, December 25th.
By Anil poddar
The first passenger train passing through the Bogibeel bridge will be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, marking the opening of the country’s longest rail-cum-road bridge.
Prime Minister will land at Mohanbari airport at 1:25pm on 25th December. He will proceed for Bogibeel by helicopter to inaugurate India’s longest Rail cum Road bridge over river Brahmaputra from the south bank at Dibrugarh.
He will flag off the 1st passenger train from Dibrugarh to cross the bridge and then proceed to north bank through the bridge by car. He will address the public at the meeting venue at Kareng Chapori under Dhemaji district at the north bank.
The Tinsukia-Naharlagun Intercity Express will run five days a week. The 4.9-km bridge will cut down the train-travel time between Tinsukia in Assam to Naharlagun town of Arunachal Pradesh by more than 10 hours.
The 14-coach chair-car train will depart from Tinsukia at 4 pm and reach Naharlagun at 9.15 pm. It will depart from Naharlagun at 6:30 am the next day and reach Tinsukia at 11 am.
The Bogibeel bridge connects the south bank of the Brahmaputra river in Assam’s Dibrugarh district with Silapathar in Dhemaji district, bordering Arunachal Pradesh.
Prof Jagdish Mukhi, Governor of Assam, Piyush Goyal, minister of railways, Sarbananda Sonowal, chief minister of Assam, Pema Khandu, chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Rajen Gohain, minister of state for Railways, Kiren Rijiju, minister of state for home affairs, Jitendra Singh, DoNER minister, Himanta Biswa Sharma, minister of finance, PWD & health, MP Rameswar Teli, MP Pradan Baruah, MLA Prashanta Phukan, MLA Bhubon Pegu and MLA Chakradhar Gogoi will be present on the occasion.
The Dibrugarh Nagarik Sangha wish that India’s longest rail cum road bridge should be named as BOGIBEEL BRIDGE.
“We submitted our first memorandum on 21st June, 1977 to the then Prime Minister Morarji Desai demanding the bridge. Since then the bridge is known as Bogibeel Bridge. So it should be known as Bogibeel Bridge” said Advocate Jogen Borah, President, Dibrugarh Nagarik Sangha in a press conference held in Dibrugarh today.