May 11, 2022: HCC’s Bogibeel Rail-cum-Road Project has been awarded the “Outstanding Contribution in Railway project” under EPC Category at the 9th EPC World Award 2022 held on May 11, 2022, at Hotel “The Ashok, New Delhi. Mr. Deepak Ratra, DGM – Business Development (North) received the award on behalf of the Company in the presence of eminent stalwarts of the Infrastructure & Construction industry.
This is the fifth award bestowed to the Bogibeel Rail-cum-Road Project. The HCC team completed this project with sheer determination and grit, as bridging the mighty Brahmaputra has always been a daunting task. The river is extremely difficult to bridge due to various reasons including its ferocious and unpredictable behaviour, high currents and turbulent waters, widespread erosion of the banks, short working period, high seismicity and the sheer remoteness of the area. With the width ranging from 1.2 km to 18 km, the Brahmaputra has been bridged only four times in the past; HCC holds the distinction of building two of these bridges and has now constructed the fifth bridge.
The superstructure of the Bogibeel bridge has been constructed using special copper-bearing steel plates in order to reduce corrosion. Furthermore, due to excessive humidity in the area, a complex Corrosion Protection System specific to different components of the bridge has been implemented. To offer good stability to the heavy spans (1700 MT), seismic restrainers are provided. The bridge is designed to withstand earthquakes with magnitudes in excess of 7.0.
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, inaugurated the Bogibeel bridge on December 25, 2018. Built on the Brahmaputra River in Dibrugarh district of Assam, it is the first fully welded steel bridge and the longest rail-cum-road bridge in India.