Bogibeel Railway Bridge : What is the Story

Bogibeel Railway Bridge is a proposed bridge which would connect Dhemaji District with Dibrugarh city. This bridge will connect not only people from Dhemaji and Lakhimpur districts of Assam, but also from people of Pasighat, Alang and Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh.

This bridge was first inaugurated by none other than Prime Minister of India H.D. Deve Gowda in 1997. Interestingly, another Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurated the construction on April 21, 2002, and declared that the bridge would be completed within 2007. It was even declared as a “national project” ( whatever that means) in 2007.

Just to refresh our readers today the date reads as 9th March 2011, and the Bogibeel Railway Bridge is no where near completion and there is no any special allocation for the construction of this bridge this years Railway Budget.

Bogibeel Railway Bridge under construction

Presently, people from Dhemaji, Jonai, Pasighat, Ziro etc. cross Brahmaputra river by ferry which takes around two and half hour to cross the might Brahmaputra river. Also, most of the time there is no approaching road to the ‘ferry ghat’ and the ghat keeps changing depending on the receding water in Brahmaputra.

Bogibeel Railway Bridge

The only other way to reach Dibrugarh city which has medical college, from Dhemaji or Jonai is to take a U turn from Tezpurs’ Kalia Bhomora bridge traversing almost 500 kilometer. This kind of difficulty has specifically taken toll on medical emergencies and many people had preferred to reach Guwahati instead of reaching Dibrugarh though it provides similar medical facilities at lower cost.

Bogibeel Railway Bridge in Upper Assam

Bogibeel Railway bridge is the answer to all these kind of plight. But there is no concrete news about completion of the bridge!

Demand for construction of this bridge was started way back in 1980s. But it is still under construction after inauguration by two Prime Ministers and after 14 years! So, Bogibeel Railway Bridge can be an ideal example how central government neglect North East India.

Photo Credit : Satyakam Dutta

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