India has amazing network of bridges around the country from river bridges to sea bridge or rail bridge to road bridges. Railroad bridges of India are the major part of Indian road and rail network to connect every city and operate at the same time. There are few road-cum-rail bridges in India and couple are under construction in the state of Assam and Bihar.
The Bogibeel Bridge is an under construction rail-cum-road bridge over the Brahmaputra river in the Dibrugarh district of Assam state in north-east India. Bogibeel river bridge will be the longest rail-cum-road bridge of India with the total length of 4.94 kilometers. The road-cum-rail Bogibeel bridge will enhance the connectivity between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and help in the regional tourism, trade and commerce. Bogibeel Bridge is already being delayed for many year and now its expected to complete till the end of year 2015.
The new Ganga bridge is another under construction rail-road bridge across the holy river Gange in the Indian state of Bihar. Ganga Rail-Road Bridge will be the second longest bridge of the country with an length of 4.55 kilometers. It will connect the Digha, Patna with Pahleja Ghat of Sonepur and provide a better communication between these two parts of Bihar. River Gange has three major bridges in the Bihar state and this will be the fourth bridge across it and the longest rail-road bridge in the state. It is expected to complete in year 2013.
The Munger Ganga Bridge is under construction rail-cum-road bridge over the Ganga river at Munger,Bihar. The 3.19 kilometers long river bridge will connect Bakhtiyarpur and Tajpur and also link the two national highways NH 80 and NH 31. Munger Ganga Bridge will be second longest rail road bridge of state Bihar and third longest of the country.
The Godavari Bridge is a truss bridge over the river Godavari at Rajahmundry in the Andhra Pradesh state of India. Godavari Bridge is also known as Kovvur-Rajahmundry Bridge is the Asia’s second longest road-cum-rail bridge above the water. The 2.7 kilometers long bridge is the landmark of Rajahmundry and the second of total three bridges over the Godavari river at Rajahmundry.
The Naranarayana Bridge is another rail-cum-road bridge over the mighty Brahmaputra river in the state of Assam. Naranarayan Setu is 2.5 kilometres long truss bridge and connect Pancharatna and Goalpara towns. Naranarayana rail-road bridge is one of the India’s largest railway bridge and second longest bridge of Assam over the holy Brahmaputra river.
The famous and unique dam of India,Farakka Barrage is build across the river Gange in West Bengal. The Farakka Barrage work as bridge for rail as well road, Farakka Barrage with rail-cum- road bridge is 2.24 kilometres long rail road bridge connects North Bengal to North-East States of India.
The Rajendra Setu is the first rail-cum-road bridge over the Ganga river to connect both the parts of Bihar. Rajendra Setu is also known as Mokama Bridge is located near Mokama in the capital of Bihar, Patna. The 2.0 kilometres long bridge carries a double line railway track along with two lane road. A four lane road river bridge is planned next to it for National highway NH 31.
Saraighat Bridge is the first rail-cum-road bridge over the Brahmaputra river near Guwahati in Assam. The 1.4 kilometres long river bridge connects both banks of Brahmaputra at Saraighat. Saraighat village is famous for the fight between the Mughals and the Ahoms. A new three lane concrete road bridge is also under construction parallel to the famous Saraighat Bridge.
The Koilwar Bridge now known as Abdul Bari Bridge is a rail-road bridge over the Sone river at Koilwar in Bihar state. Koilwar Bridge is one of the oldest and longest bridge of the country, The bridge carries a double rail tracks and two lane road of National Highway NH 30 along with it. The 1.4 kilometres long steel rail-road bridge was the longest bridge in the Indian subcontinent till 1900 then overtaken by the new Upper Sone Bridge. A four-lane river road bridge in the national highway NH 30 route has been planned parallel to the Koilwar Bridge.
The Vivekananda Setu is one of the oldest in West Bengal, across the the Hooghly River at Dakshineswar. Vivekananda Setu connects twin cities of Howrah at Bally and Kolkata, at Dakshineswar. The 0.9 kilometres long road cum rail steel bridge provide access to the Calcutta Port,train route to Delhi and road network connects to Grand Trunk Road at the Howrah side. The famous temple of Dakshineswar is situated on the banks of Hooghly river at Bally. Hooghly river has few more bridge at different points named as Rabindra Setu or Howrah Bridge,Nivedita Setu and the latest Vidyasagar Setu also known as the Second Hooghly Bridge.