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Jam before joyride over tracks
Commuters ‘fly’ on railway overbridge, save time & fuel

Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday inaugurated a flyover connecting Old Bypass Road and Sandalpur Road, giving respite to commuters from the agony of snarls at Kumhrar railway crossing.

The flyover would primarily bring relief to the people living on either side of Patna-Calcutta railway tracks. Besides saving time, it would also help motorists save on fuel because they would no longer have to take a detour of 1.5km to bypass the snarl.

Kumhrar resident Sumit Ranjan said: “I used to take a detour of 1.5km to go to the other side of the railway tracks whenever the level crossing (number 74) remained closed. Amid inflation and price rise, it was a costly affair. The railway overbridge (flyover) would help me save time and money.”

Constructed at a cost of Rs 36 crore, the railway overbridge was inaugurated at a time when the upward revision of the prices of petroleum products has become a norm and their import has been costing the national economy heavily.

Completed in 30 months, the two-lane 8.5m wide overbridge is 610m long. It would reduce the travel time from Alamganj, Sultanganj and Patna City in the northeast to Kumhrar, Rajendra Nagar and Kankerbagh in the west significantly. It would also reduce the traffic pressure on the busy Agamkuan bridge.

A joint venture of Indian Railway Construction Company (Ircon) and the state government, the construction of the overbridge started in 2010. Latest technology was used to build it without disturbing the traffic flow. Officials of the road construction department said it would ease movement of at least 50,000 vehicles everyday.

As soon as Nitish cut the ribbon and inaugurated the bridge around 4.56pm, commuters started driving their vehicles on it. Most of them were visibly happy after the snarl-free drive.

Alamganj resident Ezaz Alam, a student of College of Commerce, said: “I used to get stuck at the railway level crossing almost everyday. The flyover would solve that problem. It will save our time and energy as well.”

Manish Kumar, a resident of Rajendra Nagar, also expressed his happiness over the inauguration of the bridge. “I shall not face any traffic problem on my way to the office in Patna City. The railway overbridge would be a big relief to everyone who had to cross the railway tracks daily.”

Besides the flyover at Kumhrar, Nitish inaugurated two more railway overbridges — one in Gaya and another in Dehri-on-Sone — from here. He said: “The bridges will benefit the residents and ease traffic.”

East Central Railway general manager Madhuresh Kumar and Danapur divisional railway manager N.K. Gupta were present among others at the inaugural ceremony of the bridges.

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