PATNA: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi today approved the rehabilitation of four lane 5.575 km long Mahatma Gandhi Setu over Ganga at Patna in Bihar.
“The proposal of four-laning of the Mahatma Gandhi Setu has been cleared,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitely told the media in New Delhi after the cabinet meeting.
“This proposal has been pending for 15 years, and it was a major proposal in the Bihar package announced by the prime minister,” he was quoted as saying by the IANS. he said.
The bridge will be constructed after dismantling the damaged pre-stressed cantilever arms superstructure and subsequent re-decking by steel truss.
The project will be in Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) mode. The cost is estimated to be Rs.1742.01 crore.
The rehabilitation of Mahatma Gandhi Setu will also help in uplifting the socio-economic condition of this region in the State.
Four-lane Mahatma Gandhi Setu at Patna on Ganga River was constructed during year 1980s by State Government of Bihar.
The bridge is very important link between North Bihar and South Bihar and is a route for several economic as well as socio political activity.
The business of Nepal and Bhutan is also flowing through this connection. Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has made efforts to rehabilitate this Bridge since last 15 years but the efforts were not successful.
After a lot of studies through national and foreign experts it has now been decided that only remedy left is to dismantle the existing superstructure followed by subsequent re-decking by steel truss.
Accordingly, a detailed estimate has been prepared for rehabilitation of superstructure of Mahatma Gandhi Setu in Patna, says a PIB Press release.
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