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Saraighat
Saraighat
(Pron: ˌʃəraɪˈgɑ:t) is a neighborhood in the Indian city of Guwahati, on the north bank of the river Brahmaputra. Sarai was a small village where the old abandoned N.F. Railway station of Amingaon was located. The famous Battle of Saraighat
Battle of Saraighat
was fought near this place on the river. There is a road-cum-rail bridge over the river Brahmaputra
Brahmaputra
joining the north & the south banks at Saraighat. This bridge is the first bridge on river Brahmaputra
Brahmaputra
in Assam. Saraighat
Saraighat
Bridge[edit] Saraighat
Saraighat
Bridge is the first rail-cum-road bridge constructed over the Brahmaputra
Brahmaputra
River in Guwahati. It was opened to traffic in April 1962 by then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Mr. B.C. Ganguli was the Engineer of this Bridge. The Lachit Borphukan Park is situated on the south end and Chilarai Park situated on the north end of the bridge.[1] The bridge was built for the North Frontier Railway.[2] Construction of Saraighat
Saraighat
Bridge was started on January 1958. It was opened to goods traffic in October, 1962 and opened for passenger traffic on 7 June 1963. A companion three lane concrete road bridge was inaugurated in 2017[3]. Saraighat
Saraighat
is a historical place where fight between the Mughals and the Ahoms(rulers of assam from the 12th century for about 600 years) took place where the Ahoms triumphed. The Saraighat
Saraighat
Bridge over the river Brahmaputra, which is the vital link between North East region and the rest of the country, has completed 50 years of its existence and according to the experts of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati, the bridge is still fit enough to serve the region for the days to come. The idea of construction of a bridge over the river Brahmaputra
Brahmaputra
was first mooted in 1910 and the thought gathered momentum during the Second World War. But there were doubts over the stability of the Railway line between Bongaigaon and Amingaon following devastating floods in 1942-43. However, the then Railway Minister announced the decision to construct the bridge in the Budget session of the Parliament in 1958 and the construction work formally started in January, 1959. The bridge was completed in September, 1962 by The Braithwaite Burn and Jessop Construction Company Limited and the first engine plied over the Saraighat
Saraighat
Bridge on 23 September 1962, followed by Goods Train service from 31 October that year. Though the Saraighat
Saraighat
bridge was put into use in 1962, the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru
Jawaharlal Nehru
formally inaugurated the Bridge on 7 June 1963. Giving details of the construction of the historic Bridge, Railway sources said that the total cost of construction was around Rs 10.65 crore and the total length of it is 4258 feet. The road is 24 feet wide with six feet wide foot path on both sides. Sources revealed that the Bridge has 12 spans and 14000 tonnes of steel, 4.2 cubic feet concrete, 40,000 tonne of cement, 100 million cubic feet of earthwork were used to construct the bridge, the first of its kind in this part of the country. A 40 feet clearance is kept from the normal high flood level to ensure free navigation under the bridge, sources added. April 2012, the Railways entrusted the IIT Guwahati
Guwahati
with the responsibility of studying the effect of age on the bridge. The experts gave the opinion that the structure and all the pillars of the bridge are in sound condition and the bridge would be able to serve the North East region of the country for years to come.

Saraighat
Saraighat
Bridge on 06-11-2012 During 50 years celebrations

See also[edit]

List of longest bridges in the world List of longest bridges above water in India

References[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Saraighat.

^ Saraighat
Saraighat
Bridge of Assam
Assam
- bridging the gap India-north-east.com ^ http://www.rediff.com/money/slide-show/slide-show-1-a-tour-across-indias-amazing-bridges/20131018.htm#6 ^ "Assam: A reason to cheer! After 10 years of waiting, 2nd Saraighat Bridge finally inaugurated". The North East Today. 2017-01-29. Retrieved 2017-12-26.

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