Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated India’s biggest rail-road bridge in Assam as part of efforts to boost defense along the border with China.
PM Modi drove in a cavalcade along the 4.9-kilometer longBogibeel bridge over the Brahmaputra river to inaugurate the project which has taken nearly twenty years and $800 million or Rs. 5,600 crore to complete.
The bridge, near the city of Dibrugarh, will help the military to speed up the dispatch of forces to neighboring Arunachal Pradesh, which borders China.
With the opening of the bridge, the rail journey from Dibrugarh to the Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar has been cut by 750 kilometers.
The bridge has been designed to bear the weight of India’s mighty 60 tons battle tanks and so that fighter jets can land on it.
India opened its longest bridge, the 9.1 kilometreDhola-Sadiya bridge, in 2017 to connect Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, also to boost tactical defenses.
Construction of the Bogibeel bridge was agreed by the government as part of a 1985 agreement to end years of deadly agitation by Assamese nationalist groups.