Itanagar: The work on Bogibeel bridge over the river Brahmaputra is progressing satisfactorily with the first train of 10 girders commenced its journey from the South bank towards the North bank across the river on July 25.
"The first train of 10 girders was pulled across the river on July 25. There will be similarly three more girder trains consisting of 10, 10 and 9 girders respectively. Each girder is all welded steel construction of length 125m," a railway spokesman said in a communique here today.
The work of fabrication, assembly and erection of the second train of 10 girders has already started. The project is progressing as per schedule with 2100 workers, welders and engineers of HCC-DHD-VNR consortium and launching of all 39 spans is likely to be completed by March 2017, he said.
Touted as the longest rail-cum-road bridge, connecting Assam's Dibrugarh and Dhemaji districts, is an important project of the Northeast Frontier Railway specially from strategic consideration as it would immensely help both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
The bridge with a total length of 4940 meters is being constructed with a total cost of around Rs 5000 crore, incorporates apart from the main bridge, guide bunds on the north and south banks, dykes, road network of 30 Km, rail network of 74 kms and 6 new stations including New Dibrugarh.
The project is targeted for commissioning by June 2017, the spokesman said.