New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi today approved the construction of new link between Bihar and Jharkhand including four lane bridge over river Ganga.
The project which will link Sahibganj bypass in Jharkhand to Manihari bypass in Bihar will cost around Rs 954.77 crore.
This work will be done under the National Highways (Others) on Hybrid Annuity Mode and expected to be completed in 89,000 mandays.
The project will help in expediting the improvement of infrastructure in Bihar and Jharkhand and also in reducing the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying in the area in these States.
The development of this stretch will also help in uplifting the socio-economic condition of this region in the State, government believes.
Besides, it is also expected to increase employment potential for local labourers for project activities. It has been estimated that a total number of 4,076 mandays are required for construction of one kilometre of highway.
The new project highway is a new formation of the missing link at NH-131A to NH-133B connecting Sahibganj in Jharkhand and Manihari in Bihar.
At present, there is a missing link between Jharkhand to Bihar as there is no Bridge on the river Ganga at this location.
The vehicular traffic uses Vikramshila Setu at Bhagalpur on Farakka barrage thus traveling a long distance to reach their destinations in North Bihar.