On Monday the cabinet committee on economic affairs headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the construction of new 4 lane bridge across the river Ganga on NH-19 in Patna. This mega project is 14.50 kilometres long and will pass through Patna, Saran and Vaishali districts of Bihar. The construction cost of the bridge will be Rs. 296.42 crores. The time required for the construction will be three and a half years and it is likely to completed by January 2023. The project includes 5634-meter long major bridge parallel to the existing old MG Setu, four Vehicular Underpasses (VUPs), one Rail Over Bridge (ROB), 1580 meter long one viaduct, 110 meters long one flyover, four minor bridges, five bus shelters and 13 road junctions.
According to the report, River Ganga divides the states of Bihar into two parts North Bihar and South Bihar and the existing 4 – lane old M G Setu is an important bridge across river Ganga which connects north Bihar with its capital city of Patna besides facilitating the movement of traffic from Nepal, East Uttar Pradesh, North Bihar and North Bengal to Patna, South Bihar and Jharkhand. This old MG Setu is 4-lane, but the construction of the new 4 lane bridge is now very much required due to the increased volume of traffic, which is more than 60,000 PCUs is at present. The new 4 lane bridge will provide an arrangement of 8-lane movement of traffic by supporting existing old 4-lane MG Setu.
According to the central government, the traffic crossing river Ganga through the combination of this 8 – Lane Bridge will get best mobility, comfort and convenience along with safer travel. The construction of the new bridge will make traffic movement easier and will also generate employment of about 20.94 lakh man per day.