India has vast network of bridges across the country, ranging from sea bridges to river bridges and the rail bridge and road bridges. The Rail cum road bridges in India are a major part of the Indian road and rail network, which connect one city to the other. At present, there are a few road-cum-rail bridges operating and few are under construction in Assam and Bihar. Road trips are fun but considering the strain of driving continuously and also the ease of traveling by the train, and easy availability of food on train etc., trains are more preferred. Here are the best railroad bridges of the country.
- Bogibeel Bridge
This is an under construction bridge over the river Brahmaputra in the Dibrugarh area of Assam in north-east India. This railroad bridge will be the India’s longest rail-cum-road bridge with a total length of 5.95 kilometers. It will enhance the connectivity in between Arunachal Pradesh and Assam and will help in the regional tourism commerce and trade. Bogibeel Bridge already has been delayed for quite years and is now expected to be complete by the end of year 2015.
- Ganga rail – road Bridge
The Ganga Bridge is a new under Construction Bridge across the waters of holy river Ganges in Bihar. The Ganga Rail-Road Bridge is said to be the second longest bridge in the country having a length of 3.50 kilometers. The bridge will connect Digha, Patna to Pahleja Ghat in Sonepur and offer a better communication in between the two parts of Bihar. Ganges has three prime bridges in Bihar and this will be the fourth one across it and also the longest rail-road bridge of the state. The bridge is expected to be completed in 2015.
- Godavari Bridge
The long Godavari Bridge is a pier bridge over the Godavari River at Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh. Godavari Bridge also is known by the name of Kovvur-Rajahmundry Bridge and it is Asia’s second longest road-cum-rail bridge on water. This 2.7 kilometer long bridge has become a landmark of Rajahmundry. It is the second of three total bridges over the River Godavari at Rajahmundry.
- Farakka barrage
The unique and famous dam in India – the Farakka Barrage is constructed across the river Ganges in Bengal. Farakka Barrage is a bridge for both rail as well as road, Farakka. It is 2.25 kilometers long rail Road Bridge which connects North Bengal to other North-Eastern States of India.
- Rajendra setu
This is the first rail-cum-road bridge on the Ganga River which connects both parts of Bihar. The bridge is also known by the name of Mokama Bridge since it is located near Mokama area in Bihar’s capital, Patna. Stretching over 2.0 kilometers, this long bridge has a double line railway track with a two lane road. Also, a four lane road bridge is planned near it for the National highway NH 31.
Next time you cross these bridges, do not forget to throw a coin in the river and make a secret wish! Happy Journey!