Road transport minister Nitin Gadkari is likely to announce major highway and bridge projects for Bihar worth Rs 29,000 crore on Tuesday. The projects include construction of a parallel four-lane bridge to Mahatma Gandhi Setu on the river Ganga and a Ring Road for Patna.
“While work is being taken up through funding from JICA to re-deck the existing bridge, the only solution to the demand of growing traffic is to build a parallel bridge. The new one will be built with 100% government fund and feasibility study of the project has already begun,” said an official.
While re-decking of the existing bridge will require Rs 2,800 crore, construction of the new bridge will cost about Rs 5,000 crore. A Ring Road with an investment of about Rs 1,500 has also been has also been planned, which will be taken up after availability of land from state government.