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The demand for #BogibeelBridge started in early 1960s. Even the Chinese aggression couldn't wake successive #Congress govts to move an inch towards realising people's dream of a much needed bridge.
People struggled for decades, students fought with successive Congress govts but they wont blink. Ultimately, it took the might of #AssamAgitation to take note of #BogibeelBridge demand.
1985: #Assam Accord was signed whereby #BogibeelBridge was committed by #Congress government led by then Prime Minister late #RajivGandhi. A demand - among many others - that was acknowledged after martyrdom of 855 young students of #Assam
1985 to 1996: Two Congress governments - first by #RajivGandhi and second by #pvnarasimharao - officiated but did nothing to move towards keeping it's promise or even shown any interest. #Assam then CM #HiteswarSaikia (1991 - 96) remained quiet.
1997: Only after #UnitedFront came to power, the then PM #HDDeveGowda sanctioned laid foundation of the #BogibeelBridge It took 12 years before a start was made on the bridge. Asom Gana Parishad #AGP was part of this govt. However, work was yet to start.
21st April, 2002: The .@BJP4India led #NDA govt started work on the bridge. It was only #AtalBihariVajpayee whose focus for #Northeast led to start of this much needed #BogibeelBridge It's a perfect gesture to open the Bridge on his birthday. #AtaljiAmarRahe
When #ManmohanSingh led #UPA came to power in 2004, #Assam was already under .@INCIndia govt led by .@tarun_gogoi More than a decade later in 2014, only 58% of the #BogibeelBridge was completed. During this time, #Congress led govts in both state & centre with a booming economy.
This obnoxious delay due to inefficiency of the #Congress govt had a huge cost implication. The budget for #BogibeelBridge spiralled from an initial estimate of Rs 1767 crs to Rs 5800 crs. This is apart from hardship & apathy that people felt at the pace of construction.
In 2014, .@narendramodi led #NDA govt came to power. Work resumed almst immediately. In 2016, ppl elected .@sarbanandsonwal as the CM of #Assam Since thn, both state & union govts played as a perfect team. In less than 4 years, remaining 42% work was completed. That's impressive.
Strong cooperation from #NarendraModi & a clean intent of #SarbanandaSonowal acted well & focus on #development worked for people of #Assam. In 4 years, #ModiSarkar completed & delivered mega #DholaSadiya & #BogibeelBridge that languished during #Congress govts #Modi4Assam
3rd Dec 2018: A freight train did a trial run successfully on #BogibeelBridge after missing numerous deadlines over the years. #Modi4Assam
#Assam govt proposed to @RailMinIndia to name #BogibeelBridge as Birangana #SatiSadhaniSetu after the brave queen of Chutia Kingdom. She gave up her life when she was asked to marry #SadiyaKhowaGohain who defeated them & killed her husband in #Sadiya in 1524.
4.98 kms long #BogibeelBridge is #India longest rail road bridge. Apart from bringing convenience in commuting by people, it serves an important strategic need. Troops & supplies can be swiftly transported to the #IndoChina border in #ArunachalPradesh.
#BogibeelBridge is situated 17 kms downstream of #Dibrugarh and will connect #Dhemaji over #Brahmaputra river. The #TinsukiaNaharlagun express will be flagged off from #BogibeelBridge by @PMOIndia The bridge is 20 kms from #Assam #ArunachalPradesh border.
Constructed by #HindustanConstructionCompany the #BogibeelBridge is designed in such a way that it it can withstand the movement of major battle tanks of armed forces. The #BogibeelBridge is designed to withstand tremors up to in 7 Richter scale as it's located in Seismic zone V
#Development is wht youth in #Assam & #India want in priority. Ppl will love those who hear wht they say. Jobs & development is much more important today. Lead with a clean intent & deliver #BogibeelBridge is best #Christmas gift #Modi4Assam #SarbanandaSonowal #AtaljiAmarRahe
An engineering marvel #BogibeelBridge used 30 lakh tonnes of cement, so much steel that can make TWO Eiffel towers, my sincere gratitude to the unknown, unsung engineering team & workers who toiled day and night to make this dream a reality. #NortheastIndia #Assam
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