Bogibeel Bridge

Mind blogging facts about India’s longest rail-road bridge

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The Bogibeel Bridge is India’s longest rail-road bridge linking Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Built over the Brahmaputra River this bridge is 4.9 kms long and will provide connectivity to 5-million people living in Upper Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

Here are things you need to know about the construction of this India-first fully welded bridge

Benefits to economic trade and connectivity:
This bridge will provide connectivity to 5-million people living in Upper Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.It will connect the town of Dibrugarh in the South to Dhemaji to the North train journey from Arunachal Pradesh to Assam. The distance will be reduced to less than 100 km (previously 500 km). Bogibeel Bridge connects two important highways of Assam (NH37 & NH52), which will improve the intra-state and inter-state trade ecosystem of the region Bogibeel Bridge and will boost the tourism industry in the region.This bridge will improve the intra/inter-state transportation of medical patients seeking treatment in Dibrugarh.

Challenges:
The Brahmaputra river has been bridged 4 times in the past, but has been traditionally considered extremely difficult for bridging due to its high currents, turbulent waters and widespread erosion of the banks.

HCC expertise:
The Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) has played an instrumental role in the construction of this India-first fully welded bridge. Hindustan Construction Company has unmatched experience with constructing rail-cum-road bridges in the North-East region of India. HCC team used ‘Most 2D’ automatic nesting software to reduce wastage and volume during construction. HCC set-up and deployed a sophisticated Fabrication, Assembly and Launching construction methodology Building strategy of Bogibeel is a testimony of HCC’s globally-practiced ‘Lean Construction’ technique. The Just-In-Time (JIT) inventory system was used by HCC to ensure materials reached on time.

Bogibeel Bridge will significantly enhance India’s ability to transport troops and supplies to its border in Arunachal Pradesh. It will provide rapid connectivity to areas near the India-China border allowing quicker movement of troops and heavy weapons systems. This bridge will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on the 25th of December 2018.

Meanwhile, here’s another breathtaking look at how Bogibeel Bridge, the longest rail-road bridge was built.