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Subway solution for traffic snarls

Subways would soon help commuters forget the traffic bottlenecks and enjoy a smooth ride on the city roads.

The road construction department has decided to construct three subways — a first for the city — to get rid of the frequent congestions on the thoroughfares.

The subways, to be built by Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam (BRPNN) at around Rs 150 crore each, and would be open for use only to light motor vehicles and two-wheelers.

BRPNN chairman Sanjeev Hans said: “An agency hired through competitive bidding would conduct the feasibility study and draw a detailed project report. The three projects would take at least 30 to 36 months to be completed from the date of takeoff. Groundwork would start end of this year.”

The first subway will run from Patna High Court Mor on the southern flank of Bailey Road to Bihar Engineering Service Association building on Boring Road, the second from around 100m north of Hartali Mor on Boring Canal Road to New Secretariat on the southern flank of Bailey Road. The third one would start from around 100m west of the Digha-R-Block crossing on Bailey Road to the road going towards Punaichak.

Residents expressed happiness. “All three points remain clogged during peak hours. Subways would be a boon for us,” said Mihir Kumar of Boring Road.

Road construction department secretary Pratyaya Amrit claimed that plans were afoot to integrate elevated roads with the proposed subways at the three crossings.


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