DHEMAJI, Sept 21 - The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) on Thursday conducted trial run over the Bogibeel Bridge, the country�s longest rail-cum-road bridge.
The trial run was carried out on one of the two tracks from the North Bank (Dhemaji side) to the South Bank (Dibrugarh side).
Earlier, a railway motor trolley was run successfully over the track. Railway sources said that trial run on the second track will be conducted soon.
The people of North Assam and Siang districts of bordering Arunachal Pradesh have expressed joy over the NF Railway�s effort of early operation of rail services along the route.
On March 29 this year, Commissioner of Railway Safety Sailesh Kumar Pathak accompanied by top NFR officials conducted such trial run on the newly-completed portion of the railway track between Sissiborgaon to Tongani station along the Dhemaji-Bogibeel BG railway line.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday tweeted that the Bogibeel Bridge over the Brahmaputra will resolve the inter-State connectivity problem. Khandu tweeted: �A train of Indian Railway chugging its way through Bogibeel bridge over the Brahmaputra in Assam. The project started in 2002 and by the grace of PM Narendra Modi, is being completed now�.
Located just over 20 kms away from the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, the Bogibeel Bridge would serve as an alternative to the Koliabhomora Setu at Tezpur and the Bhupen Hazarika Setu near Tinsukia district, in providing connectivity for nearly five million people residing in Upper Assam and bordering Arunachal Pradesh.
The Bogibeel Bridge is the fourth rail-cum-road bridge to come up across the Brahmaputra in Assam. Due to its location, the bridge will be of strategic importance to India as it will significantly enhance the country�s ability to transport troops and supplies to its border with China, in Arunachal Pradesh.
The bridge is a gift of the 1985 Assam Accord and was sanctioned by then Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda during 1997-98. The cost of the project escalated from Rs 1,700 crore to Rs 5,500 crore over the years due to cost over-run following several missed deadlines. It is expected to be ready by December this year.