PATNA: Masses erupted into cheers when chief minister Nitish Kumar dedicated two mega road bridges over Ganga river to the people of Bihar on Sunday.
Kumar dedicated the bridges to the masses at a function held in Patna in the presence of a galaxy of leaders, including RJD chief Lalu Prasad on latter 70th birthday.
The two bridges—5.25 km Sonepur-Digha road bridge and 4.35 km Ara-Chapra bridge—will not only improve the connectively between north and south Bihar but will also ease traffic on now tumbledown Mahatma Gandhi setu in Patna.
Sonepur-Digha bridge was cleared during Lalu Prasad’s stint as Union railway minister in the UPA government in 2006 whereas foundation stone of four-lane Ara-Chapra bridge had been laid down by chief minister Kumar in 2010, as per reports.
“We must not forget the contributions of Laluji. The Sonepur-Digha bridge was initially meant for rail project only but it was after Laluji’s effort that road part was also incorporated into the project to smoothen road connectivity,” the chief minister recalled.
He added during his tenure only the rail project had been sanctioned.
The event also saw both the bickering ruling alliance partners coming together and heaping praises on each other, indicating a thaw in their relations.