Centre Approvals for 4 Lane Bridge Parallel to Vikramshila Setu. The Centre gives in principle approval for construction of a four-lane bridge parallel to Vikramshila Setu over the Ganga at Bhagalpur to national highway status. The construction of the new bridge would be constructed with an estimated costing of Rs 1,700 crore. This is the second gift from the Centre after the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) on Wednesday gave its nod to start construction of a six-lane bridge parallel to Rajendra Setu in Mokama over the Ganga at Rs 1,161 crore.
Deliberations for declaring the 15km-long Bhagalpur-Naugachhia road as NH were held at a meeting between CM Nitish Kumar and Union surface transport minister Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi on August 29.
The minister said that a detailed project report (DPR) for the proposed bridge has already been prepared by the Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Limited (BRPNNL). The total length of the bridge is 15 km while that of its approach road towards Bhagalpur side (NH80) is 978km and towards Naugachhia side (NH31) will be 8.964km. They need to acquire 52 acres of private land.
Road construction department (RCD) sources said that the need for construction of the new bridge was felt following the dilapidated condition of 4.5km-long and 30 metre wide Vikramshila Setu. According to the sources, the ball bearings and shockers of the bridge were damaged, resulting in an increase in the space between the expansion joints.
The RCD minister said that once the new bridge parallel to Vikramshila Setu is completed, traffic in Bhagalpur city will ensure smooth road connectivity and vehicles will easily enter between north Bihar and Jharkhand as well as Kolkata.