PATNA: Works on India’s longest river bridge finally commenced on Wednesday in Bihar with the start of well foundation process.
The six-lane bridge over Ganga river will connect Kacchi Dargarh in Patna to Bidupur in Haijipur in Indian state of Bihar. The bridge construction works will be completed by 2020.
“Work commenced on largest Six lane bridge on Ganga River…Timely check on things accelerate the work progress. We believe in development & BJP in destruction,” said road construction minister Tejashwi Yadav on Thursday.
Yadav who is son of RJD chief Lalu Prasad also happened to be deputy chief minister.
The 9.76-km-long river bridge will have a total of 67 pillars and will cost around Rs 5,000 crores (Rs 50 billion).
Right now, Bhupen Hazarika bridge connecting Assam to Arunachal Pradesh having a total length of 9.15 km is considered the longest bridge in India. The bridge built over Brahmputra river was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May last year.
Authorities say upon completion in 2020, the bridge over Ganga river in Bihar will provide an easy roadway link between the northern and southern parts of the state and will also reduce the traffic in the capital city of Patna.
The well foundation works are being carried out by Korean firm Daewoo engineering and Construction Company limited, in a joint venture with L&T India is executing the Rs 4,988.4 crore bridge project.