The Bogibeel Bridge is the Longest Railway Bridge in India over the Brahmaputra River.
It is a combined constructed road and rail bridge and it is Asia’s second-longest rail-cum-road bridge.
The Bogibeel Bridge has a length of 4.94 kilometers over the Brahmaputra river and its serviceable period is around 120 years
The construction of India’s longest rail-cum-road started in the year 2002 and took a total of 200 months to complete.
It is located in Assam between Dhemaji district and Dibrugarh district.
The bridge was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 December 2018 on the occasion of Good Governance Day.
The Bogibeel Bridge is India’s first bridge to have fully welded steel-concrete support beams and can withstand earthquakes of magnitudes up to 7 on the Richter scale. The bridge has a total of 41 spans of 125 m.
The bridge is built keeping in view the strategic importance of the area, it can support the movement of tanks and aircrafts.
The bridge was constructed by a consortium of construction companies headed by Hindustan Construction Company.
The initial estimated cost of the project was at ₹1,767 crore (US$220 million). By the year of 2014 it escalated to ₹4,996 crore (US$630 million).
Finally the overall project was completed at an cost of ₹5,960 crore (US$750 million) as the total length of the bridge increased from 4.31 kilometres to 4.94 kilometres.
The Bogibeel bridge has a double rail line on the lower deck and a three-lane road on the upper deck.
The Vembanad Rail Bridge is the second-longest railway bridge in India. It has a total length of 4,620 meters.
It connects rail lines between Edappally and Vallarpadam in Kochi, Kerala, and is dedicatedly used for freight services.
List of Top 10 Longest Railway Bridges in India
|1||Bogibeel Bridge||Brahmaputra River||4,940m||Rail-cum-road||Assam|
|2||Vembanad Rail Bridge||Vembanad Lake||4,620m||Rail||Kerala|
|3||Digha-Sonapur Bridge||Ganga River||4,556m||Rail-cum-road||Bihar|
|4||Munger Ganga Bridge||Ganga River||3,750m||Rail-cum-road||Bihar|
|5||Nehru Setu||Son River||3,059m||Rail||Bihar|
|6||Godavari Bridge||Godavari Bridge||2,790m||Rail-cum-road||Andhra|
|7||Godavari Arch Bridge||Godavari Bridge||2,745m||Rail||Andhra|
|8||Naranarayan Setu||Brahmaputra River||2,284m||Rail-cum-road||Assam|
|9||Farakka Barrage||Ganga River||2,275m||Rail-cum-road||West |
|10||Mahanadi Rail Bridge||Mahanadi River||2,100m||Rail||Odisha|