PM Modi to flag off 1st train on longest rail-road bridge on Dec 25

The first passenger train passing through the Bogibeel bridge will be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, marking the opening of the country’s longest rail-cum-road bridge.

The Tinsukia-Naharlagun Intercity Express will run five days a week. The 4.9-km bridge will cut down the train-travel time between Tinsukia in Assam to Naharlagun town of Arunachal Pradesh by more than 10 hours.

“It will take five-and-a-half hours compared to the 15-20 hours it currently takes. Passengers had to change trains multiple times and take a long-winded route,” Northeast Frontier Railway spokesperson Nripen Bhattacharya said.

The 14-coach chair-car train will depart from Tinsukia in the afternoon. It will leave from Naharlagun the next morning. The Bogibeel bridge connects the south bank of the Brahmaputra river in Assam’s Dibrugarh district with Silapathar in Dhemaji district, bordering Arunachal Pradesh

The country’s longest road-rail bridge at 4.94 km, that India’s defence forces and residents of the easteren half of the Northeast, come up recently on river Brahmaputra.

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