PM Modi Inaugurates Assam’s Bogibeel Bridge on December 25 After A 21-Year Wait

The 4.9km-long bridge, which witnessed several protests and missed deadlines, will not only improve connectivity between the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River, but also help the economic development of the region and strengthen the defence movement along the India-China frontiers. The Bogibeel Bridge, an offshoot of the Assam Movement which culminated with the signing of the Assam Accord in 1985, is also recognised as Asia’s second-longest bridge with three-lane roads on top and a double line rail below.

Sanctioned on January 22, 1997, then Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda had laid the foundation stone for the bridge. However, the construction began only after former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurated the work site on April 21, 2002. The inauguration ceremony of the bridge coincides with the 94th birth anniversary of Vajpayee, who passed away in August this year.

The Bogibeel Bridge was granted a national project status in 2007. Expected to be completed by 2009, several deadlines were missed leading to a massive cost escalation of the project from approximately `1,700 crore to almost `5,000 crore. Located just over 20km away from the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, the Bogibeel Bridge will act as an alternative to the Kolia Bhomora Setu of Sonitpur district in providing connectivity to nearly five million people residing in Upper Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.