Print Edition - 2018-12-27 | World
India opens longest road-rail bridge
-, BOGIBEEL (India)
Dec 27, 2018-
India has opened its longest rail-road bridge in a poor northeastern state as part of efforts to boost defences on its sensitive border with China.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi drove an inaugural cavalcade along the 4.9 kilometre (three mile) long Bogibeel bridge over the Brahmaputra river on Tuesday to inaugurate the project in Assam state which has taken nearly two decades and $800 million to complete.
The bridge, near the city of Dibrugarh, will enable the military to speed up the dispatch of forces to neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh, which borders China.
With the opening of the bridge, the rail journey from Dibrugarh to the Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar has been cut by 750 kilometres.
India lost territory in Arunachal Pradesh in a 1962 war with China.
Published: 27-12-2018 10:36