Dhemaji/Dibrugah: Though not invited for the opening of the Bogibeel bridge, one cannot forget that it was the former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda who had laid the foundation stone for the bridge.
A walk across the Bogibeel Bridge brought back fond memories for former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) chief Haradanahalli Doddegowda Deve Gowda.
The foundation stone of the bridge was laid by Gowda on January 22nd, 1997 at Kolajan in Dhemaji district when he was the Prime Minister. Gowda visited the Bogibeel Bridge on February 19th, 2019. It may be mentioned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 4.9 km long bridge at Bogibeel across the Brahmaputra river on December 25th, 2018.
HD Deve Gowda had said that he was disappointed at not being invited for the inauguration of India’s longest rail-road bridge in Assam. However, on February 19th, 2019 as he walked on the bridge, he beamed with joy as the locals and tourists clicked selfies with him.
Speaking to media persons, he shared that he is happy to see his dream come true. “Though I laid down the foundation stone of the Bogibeel Bridge, I was not invited during its inauguration. Today, I am happy and also nostalgic to see my dream come true,” he said.
The Bogibeel bridge has reduced travel time from Assam to Arunachal Pradesh to four hours and train travel between Delhi to Dibrugarh by three hours. It has been built by the Hyderabad-based Navayug Engineering Co. The Bridge is Asia’s second and India’s longest rail-road bridge.
“My first concern is to serve my nation and I personally took the decision to tour the entire Northeast region to solve the problems that my people are facing,” Gowda added.
The Bogibeel Bridge is India’s only fully-welded bridge designed on the line of bridge that links Sweden and Denmark.