Repair of Iconic Saraighat Bridge Carried Out in Record Time


As many as 336 structural steel members called stringers of the iconic Saraighat Bridge over the River Brahmaputra have been replaced in a duration of just eight and half months. Stringers are steel beams positioned along the length of the bridge on which the rails of the track are directly placed, according to P. J. Sarma, the chief public relations officer of Northeast Frontier Railway. Saraighat bridge is the first rail-cum-road bridge over the mighty River Brahmaputra near Guwahati. The 1.4 km long double-decker bridge, which connects the North and South banks of Brahmaputra River was opened for traffic in 1963. Originally the bridge was constructed to run two MG or one BG train.