Within days of Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurating the Bogibeel Bridge over the Brahmaputra, the longest railroad bridge in India, fears have surfaced over the condition of the first such bridge over the river.
Amid reports of damage to the Saraighat Bridge near Guwahati, the first bridge over the Brahmaputra inaugurated in 1963 by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, railway authorities have assured its safety but promised repair works.
“Northeast Frontier (NF) Railway would like to categorically state that there is no danger to the bridge and NF Railway (is) planning to carry out massive repair of the road deck portion in the next few days,” said a release issued on Thursday evening.
Railways authorities had placed thick steel plates at five points on the road portion of the 1.5km long bridge after concrete joints at some places started falling off. Read More