The commissioning of the ambitious Bogibeel-rail-cum-road bridge is likely to be delayed yet again, with the authorities now rescheduling the completion to March 2018.
Highly placed sources said that the bridge, after suffering a series of delays, is unlikely to be commissioned on June 2017 as assured by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in the Parliament. The estimated project cost, originally pegged at Rs 1,767 crore, has gone up to Rs 4,996 crore.
Sources said the project is expected to be opened to traffic in March 2018. At 4.9 km, the bridge will be the longest in India carrying both rail and road connections. The bridge will have 39 spans of 125 metres each and two spans of 32.75 metres each, and, for the first time for a bridge under the Indian Railway, completely welded girders have been adopted. Twenty-one spans have so far been launched for the Bogibeel Bridge.
The design features an upper deck with three traffic lanes for road vehicles as well as a lower deck carrying twin rail lines, the official said. Read More…