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PM to inaugurate country's longest rail-road bridge in NE on Dec 25

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

will inaugurate the -- the longest rail-road bridge in the country -- on December 25, coinciding with the birth anniversary of late Vajpayee, a senior railway said Wednesday.

The 4.94-km is the country's longest rail-road bridge, connecting the south of the river in Dibrugarh district of with Silapathar in district, bordering

"The will inaugurate the bridge on December 25, which is also observed as the by the government," the told

While the then prime minister, H D Deve Gowda, had laid the foundation stone for the bridge in January 1997, the work had started only in April 2002, after Vajpayee laid the foundation stone for the project, along with the then railway minister,

The first freight train passed through the bridge on December 3 after several deadlines for the completion of the project were missed in the past 16 years.

The bridge, which has three-lane roads on top and two railway tracks below, is part of infrastructure projects planned to improve the logistics along the border in This includes the construction of a trans-on the north of the and new road and rail links over the mighty river and its major tributaries such as the Dibang, Lohit, Subansiri and Kameng.

and share a nearly 4,000-km border.

The bridge will reduce the 500-km distance between Dibrugarh and by 100 km.

It is a 100-per cent welded bridge and advanced technology from companies based in and has been used for its construction.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 21:05 IST