Least bothered about not invited to Bogibeel Bridge inauguration: HD Deve Gowda

New Delhi | Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda on Wednesday expressed his anger about not being invited to the inauguration ceremony of the Bogibeel bridge over the Brahmaputra river near Dibrugarh in Assam.

Expressing his anger, Dewe Gowda said,” The foundation stone of Bogibeel Bridge in Assam was laid during my tenure but it took 21 yrs to be completed. What can I do? I am least bothered about not being invited for the inauguration. The people of the area will recognise my contribution.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25 inaugurated the 4.94 km rail-cum-road bridge over Brahmaputra river at Bogibeel near Dibrugarh in Assam. The strategically important bridge over the mighty Brahmaputra will remove communication bottlenecks to several districts in Arunachal Pradesh. The bridge, which begins at Dibrugarh and ends at Dhemaji districts of Assam, will connect parts of Arunachal Pradesh by road as well as railway.

Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda laid the foundation stone for the Bogibeel bridge in January 1997, however, the work had started only in April 2002 when former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurated the construction. Bogibeel is part of infrastructure projects planned by India to improve logistics along the border in Arunachal Pradesh. This includes the construction of a trans-Arunachal highway on the north bank of the Brahmaputra, and new road and rail links over the mighty river and its major tributaries such as the Dibang, Lohit, Subansiri, and Kameng.

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