Conflict between staff stalls Bogibeel bridge development

: Construction work on the bridge over river has been paralyzed since Wednesday owing to a clash that broke out between two groups of contracted workers over allotment of duties.
Sources said two groups of workers under two contractors were engaged in the superstructure work of the 4.94-km bridge. While one group was engaged for work on the river‘s north bank (Dhemaji side), the other group was engaged in the south bank (Dibrugarh side). A dispute arose after workers from the north bank reportedly carried out construction activities on the other side, violating an earlier agreement.

“There was a mutual understanding between the two contractors that each party will do the concreting work on 20 upper deck slabs each on the bridge superstructure. But the north bank contractor disregarded the agreement and went on to complete concreting work of 30 deck slabs. On Wednesday morning, a clash broke out between the two parties,” a railway official said.

Meanwhile, the railway authority has reported the matter to the Dibrugarh district administration, the Union minister of state for railways as well as the state government. Dibrugarh SP , along with other district officials, went to the site of the bridge on Thursday and held a discussion with the workers.

The Bogibeel bridge, which has been projected as India‘s longest rail-cum-road bridge, is expected to be commissioned in October 2018.

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