New Delhi, Dec 6:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Bogibeel Bridge — the longest rail-road bridge in the country — on December 25, coinciding with the birth anniversary of late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a senior railway official said Wednesday.
The 4.94-km Bogibeel Bridge is the country’s longest rail-road bridge, connecting the south bank of the Brahmaputra river in Dibrugarh district of Assam with Silapathar in Dhemaji district, bordering Arunachal Pradesh.
“The prime minister will inaugurate the bridge on December 25, which is also observed as the Good Governance Day by the government,” the official said.
While the then prime minister, H D Deve Gowda, had laid the foundation stone for the bridge in January 1997, the work had started only in April 2002, after Vajpayee laid the foundation stone for the project, along with the then railway minister, Nitish Kumar.