It was historic day as Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened the Bogibeel railroad bridge in Assam.
It is easily the India’s longest railroad bridge and its foundation was laid in 1997.
The near five-kilometre structure crosses over the waters of the mighty Brahmaputra River.
The crucial infra project will connect Assam’s Dibrugarh and Dhemaji districts, bordering Arunachal Pradesh.
While this is essentially the civilian infra, it will also help the defence forces reach the Arunachal China border.
It is a fully welded bridge has a low maintenance cost, its engineers say.
PM Modi also flagged off a train – the Tinsukia-Naharlagun Intercity Express, which will run five days a week.
The foundation stone of the project was laid by former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda on January 22, 1997, while work began on April 21, 2002 under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government.
December 25 happens to be Vajpayee’s birth anniversary.>