Farhana Ahmed KARENG CHAPORI (DHEMAJI), Dec 26 - The inauguration of the 4.98-km-long road-cum-rail bridge over the Brahmaputra at Kareng Chapori on Christmas day by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the occasion of an unprecedented outpouring of masses, clearly indicating the importance and potential of the superstructure in this strategically-important region of the country.
Cheering crowds at the arrival of Tinsukia-Naharlagan Intercity Express at Kareng Chapori on Tuesday. – Photo: North Lakhimpur Correspondent
Connectivity to southern part of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and the entire upper-Assam will also bring good fortune to many in this region of limited economic opportunities with the movement of goods and other commodities with road and rail transport. Many entrepreneurs here are also expressing the optimism of having connection with South East Asia and ASEAN countries by the Bogibeel bridge in the coming years for an expanding economic horizon.
The 21-year-wait was too much for common people here who converged in lakhs on that special day from across the two banks of the river, making it a memorable one for years to come. As announced by Prime Minister Modi while dedicating the bridge to the nation, the longest one of its type in India, the Bogibeel bridge would bring unprecedented changes to the North East in communication, enabling people of both Arunachal Pradesh and Assam to reach all major places of India easily. That potential was evident on the inaugural day itself as half-a-dozen special trains carried thousands of enthusiastic passengers from either side of the river till late in the evening. The arrival of thousands of cars, buses and other vehicles from Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Jorhat and parts of Arunachal Pradesh crossing the river to Kareng Chapori yesterday also proves the fact how much people missed the communication over the years.
Amidst the sea of people and cars moving bumper to bumper after the end of the ceremony to and from the bridge on the Kulajan-Bogibeel road, there was an ambulance making way amid the chaotic jam from the northern bank to Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh – perhaps the first one to cross the bridge which also reflected the immense importance the connection now means for the people in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and their neighbouring areas for emergency medical care at the highest level.