DIBRUGARH, Dec 20 - The Eastern Assam Chamber of Commerce and Industries (EACCI) has expressed satisfaction over the construction of the country’s longest rail-cum-road bridge, the Bogibeel Bridge, over the Brahmaputra, connecting Dibrugarh on the south bank and Dhemaji on the north bank. The bridge will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25.
The traders’ body, while addressing newsmen here today, recalled the farsightedness and noble initiatives of the early crusaders of the bridge.
“Among those who persistently campaigned for the bridge in the 1960s and 1970s included stalwarts like Ramesh Chandra Borooah, the then Speaker of the Assam Assembly, Lakshmi Prasad Dutta, ex-Rector, Dibrugarh University, Binanda Chandra Baruah, founder secretary of the Dibrugarh Nagarik Sangha, and a firebrand social activist of the yesteryears, late Jagat Chandra Neog. Others like SM Agarwal and Ganesh Chandra Sharma are no more today, but they will be remembered for their role in campaigning for the bridge. Both were also office-bearers of the Dibrugarh Nagarik Sangha. These men were the leading personalities who took an active part and played a commendable role in raising the demand for Bogibeel Bridge then. The Bogibeel Bridge is a dream come true today,” said Basant Garodia, former president of the EACCI and a member of the Dibrugarh Nagarik Sangha.
The EACCI presented a brief history of the Bogibeel Bridge campaign to the newsmen. Garodia said that the present generation ought to know who initiated the Bogibeel Bridge movement and how it came about. “The present generation must understand that any movement, when not given up, will sooner or later bring results,” he said, adding that they had not really expected to see the Bogibeel Bridge inaugurated during this lifetime.
The traders’ body has expressed the hope that the bridge will bring abut a revolutionary change in commerce and trade activities in the region and boost the economy of the country and the region. The EACCI office-bearers are also hopeful that the prices of various commodities will come down as the distance by road and rail will be reduced by about 150 km and 169 km respectively. Over and above, the bridge also holds strategic importance to the country as it will enhance military capability.