GUWAHATI, June19: The state’s first rail-cum-road bridge built in 1963 over the Brahmaputra, the Old Saraighat bridge which remained closed for vehicular traffic since February for repair will reopen for the public as per the stipulated timeframe on Thursday.
Around 500 workers were engaged in the repair and restoration works of 54 slabs on the upper deck. Also, 11 expansion joints over the pillars have been replaced.
Earlier, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had visited the site and directed the NFR officials to complete the repairing work of the old Saraighat bridge within June 20th, 2019. The NFR had earlier fixed June 30th, 2019 to open the bridge.
The closure of the bridge had led to congestion in road traffic into Guwahati as the bridge handled a huge volume of road and rail traffic every day.
The Saraighat Bridge is the first rail-cum-road bridge constructed over the Brahmaputra River in Assam. 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.