PATNA: The state government will soon give nod to selection of alignment for a four-lane bridge parallel to the 5.575km-long Mahatma Gandhi Setu in Patna. The bridge is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Rs 1.26 crore special package that he had announced prior to the Bihar assembly polls in 2015.
The initial outlay of the bridge, which will be constructed by the Union ministry of road, transport and highways, is estimated to be around Rs 2,900 crore. A final proposal is likely to be sent soon to the central cabinet for its approval, following which tenders will be floated for roping in firms for construction works.
According to state road construction department minister Nand Kishor Yadav, a detailed project report for the new bridge is being finalized at present. “Within a month, the state government will give its nod to the proposed alignment for the new bridge,” Yadav said, adding the bridge would be constructed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and funds for the project would be contributed by the Centre.
An NHAI official informed that the new bridge would be constructed on the western side of the Gandhi setu and the existing approach road developed into four lanes. “The length of the bridge, including the approach road, will be 15km. It is proposed to be constructed over a period of three years,” the official added.
Apart from the proposed four-lane bridge, the government will construct another six-lane bridge parallel to the setu between Kachchi Dargah at Patna City and Bidupur in Vaishali. The foundation stone for the bridge was laid by CM Nitish Kumar in April last year, but it is likely to be delayed by six months from its scheduled deadline of 2019.
Meanwhile, RCD minister Yadav expressed satisfaction over ongoing rehabilitation of the dilapidated setu which started in June. The existing superstructure of the bridge is proposed to be completely demolished and triangular steel girders, as seen in rail- cum- road bridges like Rajendra Setu or Koilwar rail bridge, will be erected.