On top of bogibeel bridge during project work. From the moment the first tool was crafted by humans, it was evident that an intrinsic bond between man and machine had been established.
With every turn of the century, engineering acumen was challenged and surpassed with marvels like the Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower, Burj Khalifa, Golden Gate bridge and Tower Bridge, to name a few.
Nestled in Assam and stretching across the "moving ocean", as the Brahmaputra is often referred to, is another such marvel, the Bogibeel bridge.
The bridge traces its origin to the historic Assam Accord and the sheer duration of the construction - close to 15 years - bears testimony to the fact that it has overcome sundry obstacles.
The 4.94km structure, costing Rs 5,000 crore, is poised to become the longest rail-cum-road bridge in the country.
By connecting the north (Dhemaji) and south (Dibrugarh) banks of the Brahmaputra, the bridge will drastically reduce travel time. It takes over an hour to cross by boat, longer during the monsoon. When completed, one can cross the bridge by car in less than 10 minutes.
This will be the first fully welded steel bridge of the railways, much stronger than bolted or riveted bridges. A double-decker structure, it will have two railway tracks on the lower deck and a three-lane road on the upper deck, flanked by footpaths.
With the Centre's thrust on Act East policy, Bogibeel bridge is a premiere project in the Northeast. It would not only be a huge boost to connectivity, especially in providing access to Arunachal Pradesh, but is also of prime strategic importance as it will enable the army, which has a base in Dibrugarh, to take men and supplies to the Sino-Indian border and bolster the country's defence.
The bridge, standing on 42 piers, is expected to greatly benefit underdeveloped areas in Assam, especially the north bank, and Arunachal. Almost 2,000 workers are engaged in the construction. "
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