Guwahati, March 15, 2019
The trial run for undertaking repair of the old Saraighat Bridge has begun from March 15th, 2019. The repairment work will be undertaken by the National Highways Authority of India and Railways.
During the trial run, rail service will not be affected. The repairment work will only be undertaken on the upper deck (road section) of the bridge. Movement of vehicles during the trial run will be diverted via the new Saraighat Bridge which is a road-only bridge. Movement of heavy vehicles has been restricted and will be allowed only after 8pm.
Based on the feedback received during the trial run, the NF Railway authorities will decide on how to proceed with the actual repair work of the bridge at a later date. The actual repair work will take around 90 days and during that period the road section of the old bridge will have to be closed down.
For undertaking repair of the entire bridge, the NF Railway authorities will have to seek permission from the State government to close down vehicular movement on the upper deck during the repair period.
The Saraighat Bridge is the first rail-cum-road bridge constructed over the Brahmaputra River in Assam. The 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.