Patna, Sept. 7: The city is expected to get a bounty of road networks over the next few months, ensuring high-speed travel on corridors linking the city with adjoining districts.
Work on the Ganga Path project would start from October 11. An instruction in this regard was recently issued by the road construction department to Hyderabad-based Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd.
A detailed project report on a six-lane suspension cable greenfield bridge over the Ganga would be ready by November. The bridge is expected to act as a substitute for the dilapidated Gandhi Setu.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has claimed it would complete work on the 50.6km Patna-Bakhtiyarpur four-lane expressway (two-lane at present) with an estimated outlay of Rs 770 crore by March 2014.
Ganga Path, referred to as Ganga driveway, would be an expressway along the northern limits of the city, connecting the eastern tip at Patna City to the western end near Patliputra railway station.
Road construction secretary Pratyaya Amrit said: “We have asked the selected contractor for the Ganga Path project to start the construction work by October 11.”
On whether the level of the Ganga would be an obstacle in construction, he said: “Initially, we had planned to start construction from the Didarganj end. Depending upon availability of land, we can start the work from any given point. We are going to start the construction work from October 11.”
The Ganga driveway project is divided into three zones. Zone I is spread across 5.9km between Digha rail-cum-roadbridge to AN Sinha Institute of Social Studies. The second zone would be an elevated stretch starting from AN Sinha Institute of Social Studies till Dulli Ghat across 7.6km. Zone III would cover 10km between Dulli Ghat and Kachchi Dargah at Patna City. The eastern tip of the Ganga Path would culminate at Kachchi Dargah, the starting point of the six-lane cable suspension bridge over the Ganga.
“The detailed project report for the suspension bridge between Kacchi Dargah, Patna City and Bidpur, Vaishali, is expected to be furnished by November-end,” said Amrit. The bridge would reduce the distance as well as travel time. It takes around an hour to cover 33km while travelling from Kachchi Dargah to Bidpur in Vaishali via Gandhi Setu. The bridge would reduce the distance to around 20km and the travel time by 45 minutes.
Work on converting Patna-Bakhtiyarpur highway into a four-lane expressway started in April 2011. NHAI officials claimed the travel time would be reduced from five-eight hours to less than four hours.