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Jun 16 2012 (10:34)
News Entry# 77904 The bridge that Nehru named turns 50: Rail-cum-road Saraighat Bridge over Brahmaputra connects the North-East with rest of the country
Posted by: rdb*^ Added by: rdb*^ Jun 16 2012 (10:36)
Guwahati : The name Saraighat refers to a historic battleground where Ahom General Lachit Borphukon defeated the invading Mughal army in a fiercely fought battle in 1671.Today, Saraighat is the most important point for the surface communication network of the country as there stands tall and stout a 1.5 km-long rail-cum-road bridge called Saraighat Bridge.It has been bridging the width of the mighty Brahmaputra river near Guwahati linking the region to the rest of the country.It was the first bridge to be built across the mighty river to bridge the surface communication route between the North-East and the rest of the country. This month, the bridge has stepped into its golden jubilee year. It was in June 1963 that the first Prime Minister of the country Jawaharlal Nehru inaugurated the bridge in a grand function held at the nearby Maligaon railway stadium.The Northeast Frontier (NF) Railway is responsible for the maintenance...