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Bogibeel bridge set for opening by June 2017

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DIBRUGARH, Aug 8 - The Rs 6,000-crore Bogibeel bridge project is slowly heading towards completion twenty-two months from now. Once opened for road and rail traffic, the bridge is all set to revolutionise social and commercial life in North-east India, as it would be linking the North-east�s industrial hub of undivided Dibrugarh district with the vast agricultural regions of the north bank and Arunachal Pradesh.

It has been learnt that there is heavy pressure on Gammon India Limited to ready the seven remaining posts of the 4.94 km long rail-cum-road bridge. The bridge is designed to have 42 pillars in all, after five additional pillars were incorporated to the original drawing. Gammon has completed the sub surface piling of the pillars, and presently, the reinforced pillar casting remains to be completed on seven columns. The rest of the 35 pillars are ready for girder laying work.

Meanwhile, Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), which heads a three-company joint venture for the girder (also called super structure) work, has completed laying ten spans of girder. According to HCC project manager Santosh Kumar Mishra, the super structure work is progressing as per schedule, and it would be completed by December 2016. The super structure houses two broad gauge rail tracks on the lower deck and a 10-metre wide road with provision for footpaths on either sides, on the upper deck. The super structure alone would cost the Government of India Rs 1,300 crore.

A team of reporters were shown around the super structure fabrication and assembly lines on Friday by HCC. The company�s engineers explained the work flow process, for the reporters to have an idea of the activity involved in building this mega bridge. Mishra said the girder works are being carried out with 2,500 employees. He added that 300 more are being recruited to further hasten the works. The workers are working round the clock in three 8-hour shifts. Inside the fabrication and assembly lines, one could see the beehive of activity.

Elsewhere in the Bogibeel project, the south bank highway approach works are said to be progressing as per schedule, while there is some slackness of work in the north bank. The rail approach works to the bridge would commence around this time next year. As for the common people on both the banks, they have begun the countdown to June 2017.

The demand for a rail cum road bridge was raised way back in 1962 by the then nascent Dibrugarh Nagarik Sangha. The Sangha had since been leading the chorus of demands for the infrastructure until 1997, when the then Prime Minister, HD Deve Gowda laid a foundation stone. Between 1997 and 2002, nothing happened. In April 2002, the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee laid a foundation stone once again. Even so, work on the project was erratic. It gained momentum around 2008, and people finally started believing that the bridge would actually come up. Ironically, Vajpayee had publicly announced in 2002 that the bridge would be ready, �latest by 2007, if not earlier.� At the April 2002 function at the Chowkidinghee grounds here, Vajpayee was seen nudging the then chairman of the Railway Board to declare that the bridge would be ready before 2007. The bureaucrat nodded, in typical bureaucratic lip service.

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Bogibeel bridge set for opening by June 2017

DIBRUGARH, Aug 8 - The Rs 6,000-crore Bogibeel bridge project is slowly heading towards completion twenty-two months from now. Once opened for road and rail traffic, the bridge is all set to revolutionise social and commercial life in North-east India, as it would be linking the North-east�s industrial hub of undivided Dibrugarh district with the vast agricultural regions of the north bank and Arunachal Pradesh.

It has been learnt that there is heavy pressure on Gammon India Limited to ready the seven remaining posts of the 4.94 km long rail-cum-road bridge. The bridge is designed to have 42 pillars in all, after five additional pillars were incorporated to the original drawing. Gammon has completed the sub surface piling of the pillars, and presently, the reinforced pillar casting remains to be completed on seven columns. The rest of the 35 pillars are ready for girder laying work.

Meanwhile, Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), which heads a three-company joint venture for the girder (also called super structure) work, has completed laying ten spans of girder. According to HCC project manager Santosh Kumar Mishra, the super structure work is progressing as per schedule, and it would be completed by December 2016. The super structure houses two broad gauge rail tracks on the lower deck and a 10-metre wide road with provision for footpaths on either sides, on the upper deck. The super structure alone would cost the Government of India Rs 1,300 crore.

A team of reporters were shown around the super structure fabrication and assembly lines on Friday by HCC. The company�s engineers explained the work flow process, for the reporters to have an idea of the activity involved in building this mega bridge. Mishra said the girder works are being carried out with 2,500 employees. He added that 300 more are being recruited to further hasten the works. The workers are working round the clock in three 8-hour shifts. Inside the fabrication and assembly lines, one could see the beehive of activity.

Elsewhere in the Bogibeel project, the south bank highway approach works are said to be progressing as per schedule, while there is some slackness of work in the north bank. The rail approach works to the bridge would commence around this time next year. As for the common people on both the banks, they have begun the countdown to June 2017.

The demand for a rail cum road bridge was raised way back in 1962 by the then nascent Dibrugarh Nagarik Sangha. The Sangha had since been leading the chorus of demands for the infrastructure until 1997, when the then Prime Minister, HD Deve Gowda laid a foundation stone. Between 1997 and 2002, nothing happened. In April 2002, the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee laid a foundation stone once again. Even so, work on the project was erratic. It gained momentum around 2008, and people finally started believing that the bridge would actually come up. Ironically, Vajpayee had publicly announced in 2002 that the bridge would be ready, �latest by 2007, if not earlier.� At the April 2002 function at the Chowkidinghee grounds here, Vajpayee was seen nudging the then chairman of the Railway Board to declare that the bridge would be ready before 2007. The bureaucrat nodded, in typical bureaucratic lip service.