The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India on 15 November 2016 signed a 500 million US dollar loan to build a 9.8 km long road bridge across the Ganges River. This will be India’s longest river bridge.
Along with ADB’s loan and 900000 US dollar in technical assistance to improve bridge operation and management, the Bihar Government will provide support equivalent to 215 million US dollar.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of December 2020.
Key highlights of the proposed river bridge
• The proposed bridge will improve transport connectivity between North and South Bihar. It will also improve the link between Patna and the surrounding areas.
• It will cover both channels of the Ganges River and will also serve as an alternate route to the existing Ganga Bridge.
• The project will also build viaducts, embankments, and toll and service facilities. It will link to national highway networks.
• The bridge will significantly reduce travel time to Patna from the surrounding regions, in particular north Bihar. It will eventually ease access of people to state’s administrative and social services.
• It is expected that the bridge will benefit over 9 million people.
• The bridge will also turn out to be of great help for the inhabitants of Raghopur Diara River Island who will gain year-round road access. At present, the 250000 inhabitants of the island rely on boats and a seasonal pontoon bridge as their only links to Patna.
• The bridge will use state-of-the-art engineering techniques and will be the first of its kind in India.
• The height and length of the bridge have been designed to minimize impacts on the river itself. It will also ensure that the bridge is able to withstand climate-related stresses such as a rise in the water level.
When: 15 November 2016
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