Sep 10, 2016

Bogibeel Bridge to be commissioned in December, 2017

DIBRUGARH: The Bogibeel Bridge over the Brahmaputra in Dibrugarh, all set to become India's longest rail-cum-road bridge, is scheduled for commissioning in December 2017, Union minister of state for railways Rajen Gohain announced while visiting the project site, 17 km from here on Wednesday.PUB

The bridge has already completed 14 years of construction and has earned the unflattering tag of being one of the slowest moving infrastructure projects in the northeast.

On April 21, 2002 former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had inaugurated the construction work of the 4.94-km-long bridge. In fact, the foundation stone of the mega project was laid by one of his predecessors, HD Deve Gowda, way back on January 22, 1997 after the project was approved by the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs.

"The Bogibeel bridge project has already undergone multiple delays over the years due to various factors. We are committed to fast-track the mega project and ensure that it is ready for traffic by December 2017," Gohain said after inspecting the bridge. He was accompanied by senior railway officials.

He said an outlay of Rs 600 crore has been provided for the bridge in this financial year while the final cost of the project is likely to touch Rs 5,000 crore. The original budget of the project was Rs 1,767 crore. The minister said 70,000 MT of steel will be used in the bridge superstructure, which has been designed by a Denmark-based company. The bridge is also the first fully steel-welded bridge of the Indian railways.

Railway officials said the bridge will be a double-decked one with two railway lines on the lower deck and a three-lane road on the upper deck flanked by footpaths on each side.

TOI