Breaking: Old Saraighat Bridge To Be Shut For Repairs

The Saraighat Bridge is the first rail-cum-road bridge constructed over the Brahmaputra River in Assam
The Saraighat Bridge is the first rail-cum-road bridge constructed over the Brahmaputra River in Assam

NITOPAM MEDHI

Amingaon, March 14, 2019

The old Saraighat bridge here will remain closed for 90 days starting from March 15th, 2109 from 6 am onwards to carry out “massive” repair work. The repair will be done in the road deck portion, as informed by Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup district, Kamal Kumar Baishya on March 14th, 2019.

The Saraighat Bridge is the first rail-cum-road bridge constructed over the Brahmaputra River in Assam. Movement of heavy vehicles will be restricted during the day hours.

Saraighat rail-cum-road bridge, which was commissioned in 1963, handles a huge volume of road and rail traffic everyday. The bridge was built by the Northeast Frontier Railway, under the direction of chief engineer Bankim Chandra Ganguli.

Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru dedicated the bridge and formally named it after the Battle of Saraighat on June 7th, 1963.