PM Modi To Flag Off Train On Longest Rail-Road Bridge On Dec 25

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the first passenger train passing through the Bogibeel on Tuesday, marking the opening of the country’s longest rail-cum-road bridge.

The Bogibeel bridge connects the south bank of the Brahmaputra river in Assam’s Dibrugarh district with Silapathar in Dhemaji district, bordering Arunachal Pradesh. It will be a boost for the people of Dhemaji as major hospitals, medical colleges and airport are in Dibrugarh, the third-largest city in the Northeast. It will also help the people of Itanagar as it is just over 15 km from Naharlagun.

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. PM Modi will flag off the Tinsukia-Naharlagun Intercity Express, which will run five days a week.

Officials of North-East Frontier Railways informed that the 14-coach chair-car train will depart from Tinsukia at 4pm and reach Naharlagun at 915 pm. It will depart from Naharlagun at 6:30 am the next day and reach Tinsukia at 11 am.

PM Modi will flag off the train after inaugurating the Bogibeel bridge on December 25, the birth anniversary of late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and observed as the ‘Good Governance Day’ by the Centre.

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