India’s longest bridge is being built on the Brahmaputra river in Assam. The rail cum road bridge is 4.94 kms long and upon completion (2016 as scheduled) will boost the connectivity of the northeastern region with mainland India.
The bridge is being built by North East Frontier Railway as part of the 1985 Assam Accord. Apart from being a landmark and a lifeline for the north eastern states, the bridge will also help in strengthening security of the country. The bridge will cut short the distance to Indo- China Border by 10 hrs and help easily control movements across the border.
The bridge will reduce the time to cross the Brahmaputra river from about 1.5 hrs currently to a few minutes once it gets functional.