Dibrugarh (Assam), Dec.25:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as a birthday tribute to Atal Bihari’s today inaugurated the Bogibeel bridge, India’s longest rail-cum-road bridge, connecting Assam’s Dibrugarh on the south bank to Dehamji in the north. The bridge over the Brahmaputra will boost defence logistics along the China border and reduce travel time for rail passengers and road users.he rail bridge located below the road will reduce the travel time for goods trains by three hours. The first passenger train on the route was flagged of by Prime Minister Modi.
The BJP said that the inauguration of the bridge on the birth anniversary of late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a “fitting tribute” to the man who had commenced the project.The country’s largest steel maker SAIL Monday said it has supplied 35,400 tonne of steel for the construction of Bogibeel, Asia’s second-longest rail-cum-road bridge that will be opened to traffic by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.
A group of boatmen making their living ferrying people and goods across the Brahmaputra here see Bogibeel, India’s longest railroad bridge, as a loss of livelihood.
Over 40 boats operate from the north and south banks of the Brahmaputra river, ferrying not just people but also two-wheelers and cars. Of these, two are operated by the state government, while the rest are privately owned.
To mark Vajpayee Vajpayee’s birth anniversary ‘Sadaiv Atal’, a memorial was dedicated to the nation today on his 94th birth anniversary.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were among the dignitaries who paid floral tributes to the former statesman at the memorial built near the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal, where his mortal remains were consigned to flames on August 17.
Vajpayee passed away on August 16 after a prolonged illness. He was cremated with full state honours. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and family members of Vajpayee also offered flowers at the lotus-shaped memorial.
Sadaiv (always) Atal memorial will be managed by a trust headed by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
“Tributes to Atal Ji on his Jayanti. We reiterate our commitment towards creating the India he dreamt of,” Modi tweeted today.