New Delhi: Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the three-lane, 1.5 km long Koilwar bridge over Sone river in Bihar through video conferencing on Thursday, 10th December. A sum of Rs 266 crore has been spent on the bridge, stated the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) in a press communication. The existing two-lane bridge for both rail and road traffic is 138 years old. A six-lane bridge is being made in its place, of which a three-lane carriageway has been opened to the public. After completion of the other carriageway, the traffic on NH-922 and NH-30 will ease substantially, the MoRTH said, adding that the bridge is a major road for transport between Bihar and UP.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister Gadkari announced that as proposed by the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and local MP Rajeev Pratap Rudy, the Ministry has approved a four-lane elevated road from Bharauli (Buxar) to Haidaria for providing connectivity to the Poorvanchal Expressway. The DPR for this 17-km-long link road will be ready by June next year. The MoRTH has also approved the widening of the 70-km Mokama-Munger road, for which DPR will be completed by April 2021. Similarly, work on widening of Muzzaffpur – Barauni road will start soon. The proposal of four-laning of Khagaria-Purnea road (NH-31) has also been approved and its DPR will be ready by the coming April. The four-laning of Muzaffarpur-Sitamarhi-Sonewarsha road (NH-77), which is part of Ramjanki Marg, will simplify the travel to Jakanpur Dham (Nepal), and its DPR will be ready May 2021, shared the MoRTH.
Transport Minister Gadkari also referred to the proposals sent by Union Minister RK Singh for development of the road network in Bihar. He said, keeping in view his suggestions, a new alignment has been prepared for the Sasaram-Aarah-Patna Greenfield project. On the Aarah Ringroad, 90 per cent work will be covered by the existing three projects, he said. Union Minister of State (MoS) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, RK Singh, expressed happiness over the inauguration of the bridge. He thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Roadways Minister Nitin Gadkari for transforming the road and highway landscape of the Arrah region of Bihar. He asked the Road & Highways Minister minister to sanction a ring road for Arrah by connecting Patna-Arrah-Sasaram Greenfield project with Patna Arrah-Buxar Road.
Road & Highways Minister Gadkari revealed that road works worth Rs. 30,000 crore are ongoing in Bihar, adding that a sum of Rs. 4,600 crore has been released for compensation against land acquisitions. Under the PM’s package, which involves 24 projects of 1,459 km, the work is on over 875 km. Under this, a tender for 125 km has been issued and by next March a tender will be released for another 459 km. He said CRF works worth Rs. 2,097 crore have been approved in the last six years in Bihar, against which Rs. 1,281 crore has been released till now.
The Highways Minister stated that the 7-km four-lane Koshi bridge worth Rs. 1,478 crore is likely to be completed by the year 2023. A tender for the 4 km long, Rs. 1,110 crore Vikramshila bridge has been issued and the construction likely to be completed in 2024. The work on Buxar bridge, lying within the 48 km road project, will be completed by the next year. This bridge will provide an alternative route of 250 km which takes 6 to 8 hours for travel. The tender for the 6 km, Rs. 1,900 crore Sahibganj bridge connecting Bihar and Jharkhand has been issued, and the construction is scheduled to complete by September 2024. Work on the remaining two-lane bridge over river Ganga in Patna will be completed by next year. A sum of Rs. 1,742 crore is being spent on reconstruction of this 5.5 km bridge.
Road Transport Minister Gadkari also announced the construction of a new four-lane, five-km long bridge over the Ganga river near the existing bridge in Patna, for which an agreement has been signed this October. This will be a unique bridge with 242-metre span facilitating the movement of large ships under it. He added that the Ramjanaki Marg is being constructed between Ayodhya and Janakpuri (Nepal), of which 240 km is in Bihar worth Rs. 2,700 crore, sharing that work on 177 km will be completed by June next year and the balance 63m km will start in March 2021.
The event was attended by Bihar CM Nitish Kumar; Deputy CMs Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi; Union Ministers RK Singh and Gen. VK Singh; several Ministers of the State; and senior officers of the Centre and the State.
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